Sport is not just a set of physical exercises to prepare for a competition. No ! Sport is much more than that, it allows us to come together, to vibrate and sometimes to love each other.
We love sport and the opportunity to shout when we win.
In this article you will discover :
By exploring this article you will become a true French sports expert, able to explain what is the French national sport. But also to tell the history of sport in France and its anecdotes.
Let's get started !
Before getting to the heart of the matter and discovering French national sport, it is important to lay the foundations and understand when sport appeared in France.
Let's start together by answering the most frequently asked questions on the subject.
Before we had the set of physical activities that we know there was a beginning that was rougher...
Indeed, in the Middle Ages, the sport most practiced in French castles was : equestrian jousting.
This consisted of riding a horse armed from head to toe and knocking his opponent down with his spear. Alas, this sport was stopped because of the tragic death of King Henry II.
It is then that a sport was born during the XIIᵉ century and will be the national sport until the French Revolution. It is obviously the : Jeu de Paume.
Louis XIV tried to introduce billiards or equestrian sports, but our sport remained the Jeu de Paume.
But the imagination of the French does not stop here.
Here is a list of sports that we have invented:
You have understood it well, we have an overflowing imagination.
After having sold you the merits of our sports creations, here is how the organization around sport in France looks like.
In France, as the law of July 1, 1901, stipulates, any sports federation will be constituted in the form of an association for any discipline.
There are 2 types of federations:
- The approved federations
- Delegated federations
As far as its financing is concerned, the State and the Ministry of Sports are at the origin of it. In 2020, the State contributed €5.5 billion and the Ministry added €710 million.
Finally, let's find out which physical activity the French prefer.
Our goal is to find out which sport brings you together, which makes you vibrate the most.
As we have seen together, the Jeu de Paume was the French game during the Renaissance. But it later gave way to the Jeu de Paume.
Equestrian sport succeeded it, then came cycling, and now, and this since the beginning of the XXᵉ century, our national sport is : Soccer.
Soccer is the most popular sport in France with 2 200 000 members. Soccer fans are twice as numerous as tennis fans (1 100 000 licensees).
Here is the top 3 of the biggest licenses in France :
Women are also present in the sports world. There are 180,000 women licensed in soccer.
But horse riding is the most practiced activity with 521,656 members. But women also like to exercise themselves by practicing other sports.
Such as :
- The Sports Walk
In 2020 and for the last ten years the sport most watched and most appreciated by the French is soccer. In the stadiums or in front of the TV, soccer is the big winner.
In this section, I will tell you two short passages about French soccer.
Here is Louis Mesnier, the number 9 of the French team and striker of this match.
However, at that time soccer was not as well perceived as it is today and not as prestigious.
To be able to play this game and write the first page of the Blue Book "Didi" (nickname of the player) had to ask his boss for a work stoppage to be able to play this one.
Louis Mesnier was afraid to give his real name because, as I told you, it was frowned upon to play this sport.
Quite a difference from today, isn't it ?
Are you a real fan of the blues to know these anecdotes ? Out of the 10 how many did you know ?
Here's your fan status based on the ones you knew :
2 anecdotes : gourd carrier
4 anecdotes : simple supporter
6 anecdotes : coach
8 anecdotes : vice-president
10 anecdotes : president
So what score did you get ?
As you have understood, sport is much more than individual or collective games, sport allows everyone to let their emotions explode, to give the best of themselves in their passion.
Now you know what is the French national sport, but you also know what its history is and what French sports are.
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