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The Best Olympic Athletes from France

Updated June 14, 2019 1.2k votes 112 voters 8.2k views

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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    Marie Laure Brunet
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    Marie Laure Brunet

    Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1988-11-20

    Place Of BirthLannemezan,Hautes-Pyrénées,Midi-Pyrénées,France,Massif Central

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's pursuit,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay

    Weight52.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Marie Laure Brunet is a biathlete.
  • 2
    Marie Dorin Habert
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    15

    Marie Dorin Habert

    Women's 7.5 km Sprint, Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1986-06-19

    Place Of BirthLyon,France,Rhône,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's sprint,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay

    Weight55.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Marie Dorin is a biathlete.
  • 3
    Grégory Baugé
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    9

    Grégory Baugé

    Men's Track cycling, Olympic Sprint

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1985-01-31

    Place Of BirthMaisons-Laffitte,Yvelines,Île-de-France

    Olympic SportTrack cycling

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's team sprint

    Weight84.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Grégory Baugé (born 31 January 1985) is a French professional racing cyclist. He is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Olivier Schoenfelder
    Olivier Schoenfelder (born 30 November 1977) is a French ice dancer. With partner Isabelle... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Sandrine Bailly
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    6

    Sandrine Bailly

    Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1979-11-25

    Place Of BirthBelley,France,Ain,Rhône-Alpes,Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's relay,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay

    Weight58.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Sandrine Bailly (born 25 November 1979 in Belley, Ain) is a former French biathlete. She was... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Alain Bernard
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    18

    Alain Bernard

    Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 100m freestyle

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1983-05-01

    Place Of BirthAubagne,Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,Bouches-du-Rhône,France,Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre freestyle

    Weight93.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Alain Bernard (French pronunciation: ​[alɛ̃ bɛʁnaʁ]; born 1 May 1983) is a former French... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Nelly Moenne Loccoz
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  • 8
    Yannick Bertrand
    Yannick Bertrand is an alpine skier.
  • 9
    Guillaume Gille
    18
    9

    Guillaume Gille

    Men's handball

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1976-07-12

    Place Of BirthValence,France,Drôme,Rhône-Alpes,Europe

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

    Weight98.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Guillaume Alain Gille (born 12 July 1976) is a retired French handballer and current coach of... more on Wikipedia
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    Boris Steimetz
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    5

    Boris Steimetz

    Men's 4x100m freestyle relay

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Boris Steimetz is a French swimmer. He was part of the silver medal winning team of the 4 ×... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Martin Fourcade
    16
    8

    Martin Fourcade

    Men's 12.5 km Pursuit, Men's 15 km Mass Start

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1988-09-14

    Place Of BirthCéret

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics - Men's 15 km Mass Start, Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics - Men's 12.5 km Pursuit, Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men's 20 km Individual, Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's mass start

    Weight75

    Olympic Medalist Games2014 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2014 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal, Silver medal

    Martin Fourcade (born 14 September 1988) is a French biathlete and Sous-lieutenant. He is a... more on Wikipedia

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    Veronique Pierron
    Veronique Pierron is a French short-track speed-skater. Pierron competed at the 2010 Winter... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Camille de Faucompret
    Camille De Faucompret is a professional snowboarder.
  • 14
    Amaury Leveaux
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    6

    Amaury Leveaux

    Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 50m freestyle

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1985-12-02

    Place Of BirthBelfort,France,Territoire de Belfort,Franche-Comté,Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Amaury Raymond Leveaux (born 2 December 1985) is a French swimmer from Belfort. Leveaux is the... more on Wikipedia
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    Steeve Guénot
    11
    6

    Steeve Guénot

    Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling, Lightweight 60 - 66kg

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1985-10-02

    Place Of BirthChalon-sur-Saône,Saône-et-Loire,Bourgogne,France,Europe

    Olympic SportGreco-Roman wrestling

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Greco-Roman Lightweight

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Steeve François Fabien Guénot (born October 2, 1985 in Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Jonathan Felisaz
    Jonathan Felisaz is a Nordic combined skier.
  • 17
    Tessa Worley
    Tessa Worley (born 4 October 1989) is a French World Cup alpine ski racer and non-commissioned... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Mathieu Crépel (born 26 October 1984 in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées) is a French professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Teddy Riner
    8
    4

    Teddy Riner

    Men's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight)

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1989-04-07

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Heavyweight (+100 kg)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (French: [tɛ.di/te.di ʁi.nœʁ/ʁi.nɛʁ]; born 7 April 1989) is a French... more on Wikipedia
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    Olivier Girault
    8
    5

    Olivier Girault

    Men's handball

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1973-02-22

    Place Of BirthPointe-à-Pitre,Guadeloupe,France,Overseas France,Lesser Antilles

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

    Weight83.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Olivier Girault (born February 22, 1973 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe) is a now retired French... more on Wikipedia
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    Vincent Defrasne
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    4

    Vincent Defrasne

    Men's 12.5 km Pursuit

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1977-03-09

    Place Of BirthPontarlier,France,Doubs,Franche-Comté,Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's pursuit,Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Men's 4 x 7.5 km Relay,Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's relay

    Weight63.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Vincent Defrasne (born 9 March 1977) is a former French biathlete. He won a gold medal in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Florine De Leymarie
    Florine de Leymarie (born May 9, 1981 in Albertville, Savoie, France) is a French Alpine... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Melanie Skotnik-Melfort
    Melanie Skotnik (formerly Melfort; born 8 November 1982 in Hersbruck, West Germany) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Daniel Narcisse
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    4

    Daniel Narcisse

    Men's handball

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1979-12-16

    Place Of BirthSaint-Denis,France,Réunion Island,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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    Celine Lecompere
    Celine Lecompere is a short track speed skater.