Sport

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French people love sport!

More than two thirds of them regularly take part in a sporting activity. The most popular sports are football, rugby, tennis, cycling, swimming , skiing and handball.

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The French football team celebrating after they won the World Cup in 1998.
The Tour de France, a cycling event, is extremely popular in France.
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Many French sportsmen and sportswomen are known around the world

You have probably heard a lot about Zinedine Zidane (footballer), Amélie Mauresmo (tennis player) and Laure Manaudou (swimmer).

As well as these popular sports, the French can engage in every kind of sporting activity: France’s geography and climate provide a wealth of opportunities for water and winter sports. In some fields, such as sailing, judo, fencing, and motor racing, the French are among the best in the world.

Here are a few examples of the different sports you can enjoy in France:

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Skiing in the Alps or the Pyrenees
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Windsurfing © MAE - F. de La Mure

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Kayaking in French rivers © MAE - F. de La Mure
Sailing - port de La Rochelle (Poitou-Charentes) © MAE - Y-J. Chen

Published on 27/04/2009

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