France at the Olympic Games #ESPRITBLEU
As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have begun, France promotes Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. With important state visits and 396 French athletes participating in this year’s games, France hopes to make a big impression on the competition.
President François Hollande landed in Rio for a visit August 4-5, to encourage French athletes and promote Paris’ bid for 2024. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris joined the President in a press conference, to persuade the International Olympic Committee that “Paris is the best choice and France is also the best destination” for the games.
This year’s first medal for the French delegation went to the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team, who are bringing home the silver. France took home 41 medals in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and 34 in London in 2012, so there are a number of competitors to keep an eye on for potential medal-worthy performance as this year’s games continue.
Among the French athletes to follow are Judokas Clarisse Agbegnenou and 8-time world champion Teddy Riner, Gauthier Grumier in fencing, the sport for which France has the most Olympic titles, and Florent Manaudou in the men’s 50-meter freestyle.
Les bleus are also aiming for the Gold in some highly anticipated events. The men’s handball team is trying for its third consecutive Gold medal after wins in London and Beijing. Hopes have been high for the women’s soccer team, third-ranked team in the world, who thus far have given a strong performance against Colombia, but lost to the United States yesterday 1-0. In basketball, Tony Parker will play his last Olympic games on the Men’s team, one of the most experienced teams of the tournament.