Under the leadership of the Pierre Coubertin Olympics were reborn

The ancient Olympics in its new quality under the unofficial motto: “Sport instead of war!”. In the 20th and 21st centuries, France hosted five Olympic Games – two Summer and three Winter.
In 2005, a draft new Sports Code was created in France, which includes legislative and regulatory parts. The changes made to the code most of all concerned the new sector of sports – active recreation, which includes gyms, resort water activities, acrobatic parks, horseback riding in the mountains, paintball, golf.

Sports Museum

The National Sports Museum of France, with fifty-five years of existence, was founded by climber Maurice Herzog. Located in Paris, the museum is somewhat lost against the background of the numerous cultural institutions of the capital, but it is quite worthy of attention even with such a huge selection. All fans will be interested to look at the huge collection of special equipment items, thematic paintings and sculptures, learn unique facts from the history of France, and also purchase an original souvenir as a keepsake.

From checkers to golf

Every country has traditional and later adopted sports. Traditional French games include:
hundred-cell drafts, according to legend, invented by one of the courtiers of Philip II, the French king;
French billiards carom with chips, still very popular in the gaming establishments of the Cote d’Azur;
a street game of petanque, which is easiest to participate in the Parisian Place de Grève and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice;

cycling competitions in which the two-kilometer distance was first held in 1868 in St. Claude Park, and in 1900 the International Cycling Federation was founded. Currently, the world’s most prestigious cycling race, the Tour de France, which, with the light hand of the cheerful French, has the unofficial name of the Big Loop, annually pleases the audience for three weeks in July.

Borrowed, but have long become the national sports of France:

  • rugby with the beautiful National Center in Linas-Marcoussis, with a soccer ball placed on the Eiffel Tower during the Rugby World Cup in France in 2007, with three symbolic nicknames for the players (“roosters”, “tricolors” and “blue”), with the International Championship scheduled for 2023 in France;
  • hockey, which came from Canada but was first played in Europe on a French rink in 1894 and gave birth to the Magnus League;
  • golf, which has 530 courses in France, each surrounded by green lawns and trees, which are more part of a magical landscape than sports facilities;
  • football, first tested by the French in Bordeaux in 1881, immediately won their love and became professional in 1930.

Sport of the 21st century

In recent years, while maintaining many traditional sports in France, areas that contribute to the development of tourism and outdoor activities have become popular: diving and surfing, rafting and parasailing, equestrianism and yachting, hang gliding and paintball. The number of clubs working with tourists is increasing, for example, the camp in Rambouillet near Paris offers its services in equestrian training, and in March 2018, after a long break, the Saut Hermes equestrian competitions were held in the Grand Palace.

Skiing is one of the most prestigious activities in France. The world-class resorts of Chamonix and Courchevel, La Plagne and Val Thorens have all the conditions for lovers of this sport.
Football does not lose its high status either – in 2016 the French reached the final at the World Cup, in 2018 the Executive Committee of the French Football Federation promised each player who won the championship 400 thousand euros – from the total FIFA prize fund.

And, to the great joy of all the French, these promises became a great motivation, and the team’s excellent performance ensured them a brilliant victory and the title of current world champions in 2018.
Fencing is one of the oldest sports in France. The French fencing school was famous all over the world and competed with the Italian one. The names of the French fencers Kirchhoffer and Marignac entered the history. Buchard is a three-time European champion, Pesche and Schmetz are world champions, Gauden and D’Oriola are Olympic champions.

What comes to your mind when you hear “French national sport”

Most likely, you will remember tennis – after all, France is the birthplace of Roland Garros, and here, perhaps, every second not lazy Frenchman plays tennis. There is a high probability that the answer will come to mind – “cycling” and for this it is worth saying special thanks to the Tour de France. Those who are specially trained or those who carefully watched “Taxi” may recall petanque. Although this is rather a favorite pastime of lazy or elderly French people – you don’t have to run, but it seems like a sport.

Something for everyone

Most adult French people prefer not to do sports, but to look at it and talk about it. They are proud that Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century and remember many championships of the past very well. At the same time, they are not too lazy to take their children to a variety of sections.

Young “Gauls” willingly engage in hockey, horseback riding, archery, fencing, boxing and many other sports, which are quite rare for France. Young people willingly visit fitness centers and, in general, take care of their health quite carefully.

Demand for physical education managers has increased over past decade

Where can a Frenchman and a foreigner get a higher sports education? At the Higher Schools of Nantes and Marseille, where future coaches and sports organizers are trained in several faculties.
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