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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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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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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 (French pronunciation: ​[alɛ̃ bɛʁnaʁ]; born 1 May 1983) is a former French swimmer from Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône. Bernard won a total of four medals (two golds, one silver, ...more
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Sandrine Bailly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's 4x6 km Relay
Sandrine Bailly (born 25 November 1979 in Belley, Ain) is a former French biathlete. She was most successful in the 2004–05 season, when she won the overall World Cup, and in the 2007–08 season, ...more
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Olivier Schoenfelder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Olivier Schoenfelder (born 30 November 1977) 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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Marie Laure Brunet is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Martin Fourcade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 12.5 km Pursuit, Men's 15 km Mass Start, Men's 20 km Individual
Martin Fourcade (born 14 September 1988) is a French biathlete and Sous-lieutenant. He is a five-time Olympic champion, an eleven-time World Champion and a seven-time winner of the Overall World ...more
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Tessa Worley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Tessa Worley (born 4 October 1989) is a French World Cup alpine ski racer and non-commissioned officer. She has competed in all five alpine disciplines and specialises in giant slalom.
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Nelly Moenne Loccoz is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Lucie Décosse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight)
Lucie Décosse (born 6 August 1981 in Chaumont) is a retired female French judoka.
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Vanessa James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Vanessa James (born 27 September 1987) is a French pair skater. With her skating partner, Morgan Ciprès, she is the 2019 European Champion, the 2018 World bronze medalist, the 2017 ...more
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Grégory Baugé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Track cycling, Olympic Sprint
Grégory Baugé (born 31 January 1985) is a French professional racing cyclist. He is a nine-time world champion in track cycling.
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Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight)
Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (French: [tɛ.di/te.di ʁi.nœʁ/ʁi.nɛʁ]; born 7 April 1989) is a French judoka. He has won ten World Championships gold medals, the first and only judoka (male or female) ...more
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Simon Fourcade is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Simon Fourcade (born 25 April 1984) is a French former biathlete and non-commissioned officer. He won a gold medal in the individual at the 2003 Biathlon Junior World Championships. Although he ...more
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Melanie Skotnik-Melfort is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Melanie Skotnik (formerly Melfort; born 8 November 1982 in Hersbruck, West Germany) is a French-German high jumper. She holds both German and French citizenship through her parentage and ...more
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Camille de Faucompret is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Camille De Faucompret is a professional snowboarder.
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Veronique Pierron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Veronique Pierron is a French short-track speed-skater. Pierron competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics for France. She finished second in the first round of the 500 metres, advancing to the ...more
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Yannick Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Yannick Bertrand is an alpine skier.
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Guillaume Gille is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's handball
Guillaume Alain Gille (born 12 July 1976) is a retired French handballer and current coach of the French national team.He was the winner of the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics ...more
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Amaury Leveaux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 50m freestyle
Amaury Raymond Leveaux (born 2 December 1985) is a French swimmer from Belfort. Leveaux is the current world record holder in the 100 m freestyle (short course – 44.94 sec). He formerly held the ...more
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Boris Steimetz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 4x100m freestyle relay
Boris Steimetz is a French swimmer. He was part of the silver medal winning team of the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics, after he swam in the heats.
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Benoît Caranobe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Gymnastics, individual all-round
Benoît Caranobe (born 12 June 1980 in Vitry-sur-Seine) is a French former gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Caranobe was the first Frenchman to medal in the ...more
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Jonathan Felisaz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Jonathan Felisaz is a Nordic combined skier.
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Mathieu Crépel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Mathieu Crépel (born 26 October 1984 in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées) is a French professional snowboarder and World Champion based in Anglet, Northern Basque Country. ...more
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Stéphanie Possamaï is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Stéphanie Possamaï
Stéphanie Possamaï (born 30 July 1980, in Bordeaux) is a French judoka. Possamaï won a bronze medal in the -78 kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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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.