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Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from France  

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This is a list of the greatest Olympic athletes from France, with photos when available. These are the best French Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. French athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which French Olympian is the best of them all?

You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from France is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is. Examples of best Olympic athletes from France includes Joël Chenal, Sandrine Bailly, Boris Sanson, and many more.

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite France Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on France. If you enjoy this list of best Olympic athletes from France, head on over and check out this list on the best Olympic athletes from Australia.

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24 5
Marie Dorin Habert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's 7.5 km Sprint, Women's 4x6 km Relay
Marie Dorin is a biathlete.

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23 8
Alain Bernard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 100m freestyle, Men's 50m freestyle
Alain Bernard is a former French swimmer from Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône. Bernard won a total of four medals at two Olympic Games. He also won numerous medals at the World Championships and ...more

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20 6
Olivier Schoenfelder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Olivier Schoenfelder is a French ice dancer. With partner Isabelle Delobel, he is the 2008 World champion, the 2007 European and the 2008 Grand Prix Final champion.

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14 2
Sandrine Bailly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's 4x6 km Relay
Sandrine Bailly is a former French biathlete. She was most successful in the 2004–05 season, when she could win the overall World Cup, and in the 2007–08 season, when she finished second. In ...more

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12 4
Tessa Worley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Tessa Worley is a World Cup alpine ski racer and non-commissioned officer from France. She competes in all five alpine disciplines and specializes in giant slalom. Born in Annemasse, in the ...more

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11 5
Marie Laure Brunet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay
Marie Laure Brunet is a biathlete.

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9 4
Grégory Baugé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Track cycling, Olympic Sprint
Grégory Baugé is a French professional racing cyclist. He is a nine-time world champion in track cycling, after being stripped of two titles in January 2012.

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9 4
Vanessa James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Vanessa James is a French pair skater. With partner Morgan Ciprès, she has won four international medals and is a two-time French national champion. They have finished as high as fourth ...more

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8 4
Yannick Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Yannick Bertrand is an alpine skier.

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6 2
Amaury Leveaux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 50m freestyle
Amaury Leveaux is a French swimmer from Belfort. Leveaux is the current world record holder in the 100 m freestyle. He formerly held the world records in the 50 m freestyle and the 50 m ...more

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5 1
Nelly Moenne Loccoz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Nelly Moenne Loccoz is a snowboarder from France. She competed for France at the 2010 Winter Olympics in snowboard cross, finishing sixth. Moenne Loccoz later captured a silver medal at the 2011 ...more

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5 2
Guillaume Gille is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's handball
Guillaume Alain Gille, is a retired handballer from France, having last played for Chambéry SH. He was the winner of the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and is the older ...more

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5 2
Steeve Guénot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling, Lightweight 60 - 66kg
Steeve François Fabien Guénot is a French wrestler who won the Gold medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He became the first Olympic ...more

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7 5
Lucie Décosse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight)
Lucie Décosse is a retired female French judoka.

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5 3
Melanie Skotnik-Melfort is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Melanie Skotnik is a French-German high jumper. She holds both German and French citizenship through her parentage and represented Germany until 2004. Skotnik finished in seventh position and ...more

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4 2
Camille de Faucompret is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Camille De Faucompret is a professional snowboarder.

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3 1
Simon Fourcade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Simon Fourcade is a French biathlete and non-commissioned officer. His younger brother Martin Fourcade is also a biathlete.

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3 1
Vincent Defrasne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 12.5 km Pursuit
Vincent Defrasne is a former French biathlete. He won a gold medal in the 12.5 km pursuit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and a bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. ...more

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3 1
Daniel Narcisse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's handball
Daniel Narcisse is a French handball player. He joined THW Kiel in 2009, replacing Nikola Karabatic, and has since 2013 played for Paris Handball . He is also a longtime player on the France ...more

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3 1
Celine Lecompere is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Celine Lecompere is a short track speed skater.

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3 1
Benoît Caranobe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Gymnastics, individual all-round
Benoît Caranobe is a French gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Caranobe was the first Frenchman to medal in the Individual All-Around competition since Marco ...more

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2 0
Florine De Leymarie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Florine de Leymarie is a French Alpine skier. She is 1.76 m tall and weighs 64 kg. She participated in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. She was named Rookie of the year 2005 alongside ...more

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4 3
Olivier Girault is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's handball
Olivier Girault is a now retired French team handball player, who is currently the coach of the Paris Handball team. He retired as a field player in 2008 after the victory of the France national ...more

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3 2
Stéphanie Possamaï is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Stéphanie Possamaï
Stéphanie Possamaï is a French judoka. Possamaï won a bronze medal in the -78 kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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3 2
Pin Elodie Bourgeois is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Pin Elodie Bourgeois is a cross-country skier.