Is France a sports country?

Mondial Sports on the straight

Is the future host country of the Olympic Games a sports country? The question may be surprising but it arises regularly. In recent months, French Olympic champions, and not the least like Teddy Riner and Florent Manaudou, have even responded in the negative, triggering a lively controversy. As France prepares to begin the Olympic and Paralympic week, during which sport will be in the spotlight in schools, Mondial Sports is relaunching the debate! Among our guests: Jean-Paul Callède, academic specialist in sport.

Florent Manaudou, 2012 Olympic swimming champion, declared that “France is not a sports country.”  (Illustrative image)