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.
Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé

20 December 1998

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane

23 June 1972

André the GiantAndré the Giant

19 May 1946

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba

15 March 1993

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann

21 March 1991

Thierry HenryThierry Henry

17 August 1977

Tony ParkerTony Parker

17 May 1982

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud

30 September 1986

Jules BianchiJules Bianchi

03 August 1989

Anthony MartialAnthony Martial

05 December 1995

Eric CantonaEric Cantona

24 May 1966

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger

22 October 1949

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Joakim NoahJoakim Noah

25 February 1985

Jean TodtJean Todt

25 February 1946

Michel PlatiniMichel Platini

21 June 1955

Mario LeminaMario Lemina

01 September 1993

Bernard HinaultBernard Hinault

14 November 1954

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Jacques AnquetilJacques Anquetil

08 January 1934

Laurent FignonLaurent Fignon

12 August 1960

Thibault HutinThibault Hutin

08 January 1986

Lisa ZimoucheLisa Zimouche

29 June 1999

Adil RamiAdil Rami

27 December 1985

Franck RibéryFranck Ribéry

07 April 1983

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Patrice EvraPatrice Evra

15 May 1981

Hatem Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa

07 March 1987

Nicolas AnelkaNicolas Anelka

14 March 1979

Raphaël VaraneRaphaël Varane

25 April 1993

Romain GrosjeanRomain Grosjean

17 April 1986

Rudy GobertRudy Gobert

26 June 1992

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Aymeric LaporteAymeric Laporte

27 May 1994

Patrick VieiraPatrick Vieira

23 June 1976

Hugo LlorisHugo Lloris

26 December 1986

Enzo FernándezEnzo Fernández

24 March 1995

Samuel UmtitiSamuel Umtiti

14 November 1993

Demba BaDemba Ba

25 May 1985

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Adel TaarabtAdel Taarabt

24 May 1989

Kingsley ComanKingsley Coman

13 June 1996

Adrien RabiotAdrien Rabiot

03 April 1995

Gaël MonfilsGaël Monfils

01 September 1986

Kalidou KoulibalyKalidou Koulibaly

20 June 1991

Alain ProstAlain Prost

24 February 1955

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Moussa SissokoMoussa Sissoko

16 August 1989

Benjamin MendyBenjamin Mendy

17 July 1994

Nabil FekirNabil Fekir

18 July 1993

Dimitri PayetDimitri Payet

29 March 1987

Bafétimbi GomisBafétimbi Gomis

06 August 1985

Samir NasriSamir Nasri

26 June 1987

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Blaise MatuidiBlaise Matuidi

09 April 1987

Abou DiabyAbou Diaby

11 May 1986

Wissam Ben YedderWissam Ben Yedder

12 August 1990

Juninho PernambucanoJuninho Pernambucano

30 January 1975

Florent MaloudaFlorent Malouda

13 June 1980

Louis SahaLouis Saha

08 August 1978

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Djibril CisséDjibril Cissé

12 August 1981

Laurent BlancLaurent Blanc

19 November 1965

Medhi BenatiaMedhi Benatia

17 April 1987

Lassana DiarraLassana Diarra

10 March 1985

Didier DeschampsDidier Deschamps

15 October 1968

Lucas DigneLucas Digne

20 July 1993

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Kurt ZoumaKurt Zouma

27 October 1994

Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb

24 November 1994

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny

10 September 1985

Thomas LemarThomas Lemar

12 November 1995

Cheick KongoCheick Kongo

17 May 1975

Mathieu FlaminiMathieu Flamini

07 March 1984

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André-Pierre GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac

05 December 1985

David TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet

15 October 1977

Yannick BolasieYannick Bolasie

24 May 1989

Eliaquim MangalaEliaquim Mangala

13 September 1989

David GinolaDavid Ginola

25 January 1967

Lilian ThuramLilian Thuram

01 January 1972

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Florian ThauvinFlorian Thauvin

26 January 1993

Fabien BarthezFabien Barthez

28 June 1971

Marcel DesaillyMarcel Desailly

07 September 1968

Morgan SchneiderlinMorgan Schneiderlin

08 November 1989

Bacary SagnaBacary Sagna

14 February 1983

Anthony KnockaertAnthony Knockaert

20 November 1991

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Jo-Wilfried TsongaJo-Wilfried Tsonga

17 April 1985

Sol BambaSol Bamba

13 January 1985

Yohan CabayeYohan Cabaye

14 January 1986