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FRANCE

France has competed in every modern Olympic Games, although its participation at the 1904 Games is questionable, with Albert Corey's appearance being credited by different sources to either the United States or France. French athletes have won 671 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, with fencing and cycling as the top medal-producing sports. France has won an additional 109 medals at the Winter Olympic Games, mostly in alpine skiing.

A Little History

France, officially the French Republic (French: République française), is a unitary sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and has a total population of 66.6 million. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. The Constitution of France establishes the state as secular and democratic, with its sovereignty derived from the people.

During the Iron Age, what is now Metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. The Gauls were conquered in 51 BC by the Roman Empire, which held Gaul until 486. The Gallo-Romans were superseded by the Germanic Franks, who formed the medieval Kingdom of France. France emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages, with its victory in the Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) strengthening state-building and the political centralization. During the Renaissance, France experienced a vast cultural development and established the beginning of a global colonial empire. The 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots).

France became Europe's dominant cultural, political, and military power under Louis XIV. In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, established one of modern history's earliest republics, and saw the drafting of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation's ideals to this day. Napoleon took power and launched the First French Empire, whose subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments: the monarchy was restored, it was replaced in 1830 by a constitutional monarchy, then briefly by a Second Republic, and then by a Second Empire, until a more lasting French Third Republic was established in 1870.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, France possessed the second-largest colonial empire in the world. In World War I, France was one of the victors as part of the Triple Entente alliance fighting against the Central Powers. France was also one of the Allied Powers in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis Powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and later dissolved in the course of the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, was formed in 1958 and remains to this day. Following World War II, most of the French colonial empire became decolonized.

France has long been a global center of culture, making significant contributions to art, science, and philosophy. It hosts Europe's third-largest number of cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites (after Italy and Spain) and receives around 83 million foreign tourists annually, the most of any country in the world. France remains a great power with significant cultural, economic, military, and political influence. It is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest by purchasing power parity. According to Credit Suisse, France is the fourth wealthiest nation in the world in terms of aggregate household wealth. It also possesses the world's largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ), covering 11,691,000 square kilometres (4,514,000 sq mi).

French citizens enjoy a high standard of living, and the country performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, civil liberties, and human development. France is a founding member of the United Nations, where it serves as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. It is a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and La Francophonie. France is a founding and leading member state of the European Union (EU).


French Olympic Triathlon Team

Here are the confirmed French triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.

Dorian Coninx       Triathlete

Dorian Coninx was born on January 28, 1994 in France. European Champion and Junior World Champion in 2013. In 2014 and 2015 he became two-time world champion in the mixed relay.

WTS Ranking: 10
WTS Starts: 13
Age: 22
Residence: France
Height: -
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 1

View full results history of Dorian Coninx Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Cassandre Beaugrand Triathlete

Cassandre Beaugrand was born on May 23, 1997 in Livry-Gargan, France. Junior European Champion, Two-time National Champion U23, National Champion Cross Country Junior, 3rd at 2015 World Cup.

WTS Ranking: No Ranking
WTS Starts: 4
Age: 19
Residence: France
Height: 1.77 m
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 0

View full results history of Cassandre Beaugrand Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Pierre Le Corre Triathlete

Pierre Le Corre was born on March 3, 1990 in Vannes, France. One of the tp ten triathletes in the world, Pierre became World and European Champion in 2013, French Champion in 2014 and 2015.

WTS Ranking: 4
WTS Starts: 15
Age: 26
Residence: France
Height: -
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 1

View full results history of Pierre Le Corre Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Vincent Luis Triathlete

Vincent Luis was born on June 27, 1989 in Vesoul, France. Vincent was the Junior European and World Champion of the year in 2008, and French U23 Champion of the year in 2010.

WTS Ranking: No Ranking
WTS Starts: 24
Age: 26
Residence: Belgica
Height: 1.56 m
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 6

View full results history of Vincent Luis Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Audrey Merle Triathlete

Audrey Merle was born on May 19, 1995 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. 5th at 2016 European Sprint Championships - Châteauroux, World Champion U23 in 2015, World Champion Mixed Relay.

WTS Ranking: 62
WTS Starts: 5
Age: 21
Residence: France
Height: 1.53 m
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 0

View full results history of Audrey Merle Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.


French Paralympic Triathlon Team

Here are the confirmed French paratriathletes to participate at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.

Stéphane Bahier Paratriathlete

Stéphane Bahier was born on May 7, 1975 in Ernee in France. His right leg was amputated at the thigh after an accident in May 2004. 2012 and 2013 World Champion, third place in 2014 World Champion.

WTS Ranking: No-Ranking
WTS Starts: 0
Age: 41
Residence: France
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: Judo
WTS Podiums: 0

View full results history of Stéphane Bahier Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Elise Marc          Paratriathlete

Elise Marc was born 1987 in France. 2016 World Champio, in 2015 5th in World Championship, 1st at World Cup in Madrid, 2014 National Champion. Winner World cup London.

WTS Ranking: No-Ranking
WTS Starts: 0
Age: 28
Residence: France
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 0

View full results history of Elise Marc Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Yannick Bourseaux          Paratriathlete

Yannick Bourseaux was born on February 18, 1975 in Montlucon, France. 1994 National Champion, 1995 two-time Champion, 1998 European Junior Champion, 2015 3rd World Championship Pratriathlon. 2014 National Champion.

WTS Ranking: No-Ranking
WTS Starts: 0
Age: 41
Residence: France
Hobbies: Skiing, Duathlon
Other Sports: Duathlon
WTS Podiums: 0

View full results history of Yannick Bourseaux Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Gwladys Lemoussu Paratriathlete

Gwladys Lemoussu was born on April 12, 1989 in France. Three-time champion of France and two-time World Champion. 2016, World and European Champion, 2015, National Champion, 2014, National Champion, 2013 National Champion.

WTS Ranking: No-Ranking
WTS Starts: 0
Age: 27
Residence: France
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 0

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*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Maxime Maurel Paratriathlete

Maxime Maurel was born on November 28, 1985 in Toulon, France. 2014 and 2015 two-time National Champion, thid place at 2016 European Championship, 6th place at 2014 in Kitzbuhel.

WTS Ranking: No-Ranking
WTS Starts: 0
Age: 30
Residence: France
Hobbies: -
Other Sports: -
WTS Podiums: 0

View full results history of Maxime Maurel Here

*Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.

Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.


The French Triathlon Federation represents - 760 clubs in 26 leagues - 50,000 licensees - 1800 events - 70 000 unlicensed practitioners.


The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.


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