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Key Facts

Top medal sports
(pre-2012)

Capital

Paris

Population

62,600,000

Size

543,965km²

Languages

  • French

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Records

Medals

London 2012
Gold Silver Bronze
11 11 12
Beijing 2008
Gold Silver Bronze
7 16 18
Athens 2004
Gold Silver Bronze
11 9 13

Julie Bresset Bresset wins mountain bike gold

Julie Bresset wins France's 10th gold medal at London 2012 by sealing victory in the women's mountain biking.

11 Aug 12

Renaud Lavillenie Lavillenie sets pole vault record

Men's Pole Vault

10 Aug 12

Renaud Lavillenie of France sets a new Olympic men's pole vault record as he wins gold after an enthralling competition.

Canada's women's football team Late strike seals Canada bronze

Women's Football

9 Aug 12

Canada score an injury-time winner to defeat France 1-0 and claim bronze in the women's Olympic football tournament.

Marc Gasol and Nicolas Batum Scuffles in France-Spain fixture

Men's Basketball

9 Aug 12

France coach Vincent Collet refuses to condemn the actions of his players after tempers flared in their quarter-final defeat to Spain.

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France at the Olympics

7 London 2012 ranking

10 Beijing 2008 ranking

1896 First Olympic appearance

Top Medal Sports at London 2012

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Rank
Swimming 4 2 1 RANK 3
Judo 2 0 5 RANK 2
Canoe Slalom 2 0 0 RANK 1
View the London 2012 medal table for France