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Who are the greatest French athletes?

From Zinédine Zidane to Tony Parker, not forgetting Amélie Mauresmo and Laura Flessel-Colovic, find out what these great champions have won.

In the webdoc, the girls announce their scores in the championships of France and Europe as well as the World Cup.

Check out what the greatest French athletes have won.

In football...

The French football team won the World Cup in 1998. The most famous footballer in that team was Zinédine Zidane.
But in the history of French football, Michel Platini is still the most successful player: he scooped three Ballons d’or in a row in the 1980s!

In basketball...

Our champion is called Tony Parker. He is a member of the French team; he also plays in the NBA (American league) which he and his team have won 3 times.

In tennis...

Yannick Noah is the only Frenchman to have won the French Open - Roland-Garros - in 1983. He is now a singer and one of the most popular stars in France.
Amélie Mauresmo has the most wins to her name in French tennis: she has won 2 Opens (Australian and Wimbledon), and in 2004 she was the number one player in women's tennis.

In swimming...

Laure Manaudou is a great French swimming champion. Between 2004 and 2007, she won 3 Olympic medals, 6 World medals and 13 European medals.

In other sports...

Christine Arron: sprinter; European 100m record of 10.73 seconds.
Marie-José Perec: 200m & 400m runner; 3 Olympic wins, 2 World Championship wins and 2 European Championship wins.
David Douillet: judoka; 2 Olympic Gold medals, 4 times World Champion and one-time European Champion.
Teddy Riner: young judoka; 5 World Champion titles to his name already and a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
Alain Prost: Formula 1 driver; 4 times World Champion and winner of 51 Grand Prix.
Sébastien Loeb: rally driver; 9 times World Champion.
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Did you know?

For Andréa, the greatest French champion is without a doubt fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic: double Olympic Champion, six times World Champion and one time European Champion.
She took part in the last Olympics, in London in 2012, and carried the French team's flag at the opening ceremony.
She is also ambassador for the association "Handicap International", and took part in a fashion show during the 9th "Un maillot pour une vie" gala.

He said

"It's not the winning but the taking part that counts."

Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics.

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