France may be famous for its exquisite locations, awesome weather conditions, lip-smacking croissants and appetizing red wine but that is not what France is all about. Sports in France are as intrinsic to its culture as is French history. Though soccer is the most played sport in France, French do excel in other sports such as tennis, wrestling, rugby, handball, basketball and the famous French Tour de France cycling. Athletes of France have time and again proved that the country houses some of the best sports person of the world who are amongst the most talented and skilled lot. Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Letizi, Thierry Henry, Raymond Kopa are legendary soccer players who require no formal introduction on the world football forum. They have been French football’s glitzing stars and have been responsible for much of the success of the France national football team. French tennis saw the greats like Amelie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Stephanie Cohen Aloro, Marion Bartoli and Pierre Darmon grab the country an enviable position in world tennis scene. Other prominent French sports stars include Andre the Giant - wrestler, Sarah Abitbol – figure skater, Jessica Fox – slalom canoer and Jeannie Longo Ciprelli – cyclist. With this segment, discover some interesting facts about the life of French sports stars.
Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
23 June 1972
Football Player
André the GiantAndré the Giant
19 May 1946
Professional Wrestler

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
17 August 1977
Former French Footballer

Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé
20 December 1998
Footballer

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
15 March 1993
Footballer

Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
05 December 1995
Football Player
Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
30 September 1986
Footballer

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
24 May 1966
Actor & Football Player

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
21 March 1991
Footballer
Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
22 October 1949
Football Manager
Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Footballer

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah
25 February 1985
Basketball Player

Jules BianchiJules Bianchi
03 August 1989
F1 Driver

Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
28 May 1991
Footballer

Michel PlatiniMichel Platini
21 June 1955
Former French Football Player, Football
Jean TodtJean Todt
25 February 1946
Rally Driver

Bernard HinaultBernard Hinault
14 November 1954
Cyclist

Jacques AnquetilJacques Anquetil
08 January 1934
Cyclist, 5 Times Tour de France Winner

Mario LeminaMario Lemina
01 September 1993
Footballer
Laurent FignonLaurent Fignon
12 August 1960
Road Bicycle Racer

Lisa ZimoucheLisa Zimouche
29 June 1999
Professional Freestyle Footballer
Thibault HutinThibault Hutin
08 January 1986
French Equestrian

Nicolas AnelkaNicolas Anelka
14 March 1979
Association football player, Association football

Franck RibéryFranck Ribéry
07 April 1983
Footballer
Patrick VieiraPatrick Vieira
23 June 1976
Association football player, Association football

Patrice EvraPatrice Evra
15 May 1981
Association football player
Dominique WilkinsDominique Wilkins
12 January 1960
Basketball Player

Kalidou KoulibalyKalidou Koulibaly
20 June 1991
Footballer

Kingsley ComanKingsley Coman
13 June 1996
Footballer
Esteban OconEsteban Ocon
17 September 1996
Racing driver

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Riyad MahrezRiyad Mahrez
22 February 1991
Association football player
David TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
15 October 1977
Association football player

Lilian ThuramLilian Thuram
01 January 1972
Association football player

Djibril CisséDjibril Cissé
12 August 1981
Association football player

Alain ProstAlain Prost
24 February 1955
Racecar driver
Alex SongAlex Song
09 September 1987
Footballer
Romain GrosjeanRomain Grosjean
17 April 1986
Racecar driver

Wissam Ben YedderWissam Ben Yedder
12 August 1990
Association football player

Pierre GaslyPierre Gasly
07 February 1996
Formula 1 Driver

Laurent BlancLaurent Blanc
19 November 1965
Association football player, Association football
Samir NasriSamir Nasri
26 June 1987
Association football player

Demba BaDemba Ba
25 May 1985
Association football player

Fabien BarthezFabien Barthez
28 June 1971
Association football player, Racecar driver

Raphaël VaraneRaphaël Varane
25 April 1993
French footballer

Rudy GobertRudy Gobert
26 June 1992
Basketball player
Serge AurierSerge Aurier
24 December 1992
Association football player

Aymeric LaporteAymeric Laporte
27 May 1994
Association football player
Marcel DesaillyMarcel Desailly
07 September 1968
Association football player

Adel TaarabtAdel Taarabt
24 May 1989
Association football player

Hugo LlorisHugo Lloris
26 December 1986
Football player
Didier DeschampsDidier Deschamps
15 October 1968
Association football player, Association football

Louis SahaLouis Saha
08 August 1978
Association football player
Kurt ZoumaKurt Zouma
27 October 1994
Association football player

Dimitri PayetDimitri Payet
29 March 1987
Football player

Mathieu FlaminiMathieu Flamini
07 March 1984
Association football player

Adrien RabiotAdrien Rabiot
03 April 1995
Association football player

Adil RamiAdil Rami
27 December 1985
Association football player
Yannick BolasieYannick Bolasie
24 May 1989
Association football player

Emmanuel PetitEmmanuel Petit
22 September 1970
Association football player

David GinolaDavid Ginola
25 January 1967
Association football player

Hatem Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
07 March 1987
Association football player
Eric AbidalEric Abidal
11 September 1979
Footballer

Benjamin MendyBenjamin Mendy
17 July 1994
Association football player
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
22 December 1993
Association football player

Samuel UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
14 November 1993
Association football player

Nabil FekirNabil Fekir
18 July 1993
Association football player
Florent MaloudaFlorent Malouda
13 June 1980
Footballer

Russell WongRussell Wong
01 March 1963
Actor
Mamadou SakhoMamadou Sakho
13 February 1990
French footballer

Blaise MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
09 April 1987
Association football player

Lucas DigneLucas Digne
20 July 1993
Association football player
Gaël ClichyGaël Clichy
26 July 1985
Association football player

Mansour BahramiMansour Bahrami
26 April 1956
Tennis player
Bacary SagnaBacary Sagna
14 February 1983
Football player

Morgan SchneiderlinMorgan Schneiderlin
08 November 1989
Association football player

Moussa SissokoMoussa Sissoko
16 August 1989
Association football player

William GallasWilliam Gallas
17 August 1977
Association football player
Cheick KongoCheick Kongo
17 May 1975
Mixed martial artist
Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
26 December 1989
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Boris SpasskyBoris Spassky
30 January 1937
Chess Grandmaster

Sylvain WiltordSylvain Wiltord
10 May 1974
Association football player

Youri DjorkaeffYouri Djorkaeff
09 March 1968
Association football player
Saïd TaghmaouiSaïd Taghmaoui
19 July 1973
Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Boxer,

Lassana DiarraLassana Diarra
10 March 1985
Association football player

Jean-Pierre PapinJean-Pierre Papin
05 November 1963
Association football player, Association football

Yannick NoahYannick Noah
18 May 1960
Tennis player, Singer, Tennis coach

Marouane ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
10 January 1984
Association football player
Enzo FernándezEnzo Fernández
24 March 1995
Association football player

André-Pierre GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
05 December 1985
Association football player
Bixente LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
09 December 1969
Association football player, Radio personality

Mathieu ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
28 September 1984
Association football player
Jean AlesiJean Alesi
11 June 1964
Racecar driver, Racing driver
Jérémy MathieuJérémy Mathieu
29 October 1983
Association football player