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The Jeux de la Francophonie (Canadian English: Francophonie Games; British English: Francophone Games) are a combination of artistic and sporting events for the Francophonie, mostly French-speaking nations, held every four years since 1989.

Jeux de la Francophonie
Jeux de la Francophonie logo.svg
Logo of the Games
Statusactive
Genresports event
Frequencyevery 4th year
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1989 (1989)

EditionsEdit

Year Edition Opened by Date Host city No. of
Athletes (nations)
1989 I Hassan II 8–22 July   Casablanca & Rabat, Morocco 1,700 (39)
1994 II François Mitterrand 5–13 July   Paris, Évry & Bondoufle, France 2,700 (45)
1997 III Didier Ratsiraka 27 August – 6 September   Antananarivo, Madagascar 2,300 (38)
2001 IV Adrienne Clarkson 14–24 July  /  Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada/Quebec 2,400 (51)
2005 V Mamadou Tandja 7–17 December   Niamey, Niger 2,500 (44)
2009 VI Michel Suleiman 27 September – 6 October   Beirut, Lebanon 2,500 (40)
2013 VII François Hollande 6–15 September   Nice, France 2,700 (54)
2017 VIII Alassane Ouattara 21–30 July   Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire 4,000 (49)
2021 IX 23 July - 1 August   Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

EventsEdit

SportsEdit

There were four sports at the inaugural event in 1989: athletics, basketball, association football and judo. Handisport, handball, table tennis and wrestling were added to the competition programme in 1994. None of these four sports featured at the 1997 Jeux de la Francophonie, and boxing and tennis were introduced to the programme instead. Eight sports featured in 2001: the four inaugural sports, boxing and table tennis were included. Furthermore, handisport and beach volleyball competitions were held as demonstration events. Neither of these demonstration sports were included in 2005, with traditional style wrestling being demonstrated in addition to the six more established sports. The 2009 programme re-introduced beach volleyball.

CulturalEdit

The Jeux de la Francophonie are distinctive, if not unique, among international multi-sport competitions for including competitive cultural performances and exhibitions, complete with gold, silver, and bronze medals for winning participants.

In 2001, street art featured as a demonstration event.

Medal TableEdit

An all-time Jeux de la Francophonie Medal Table from 1989 Jeux de la Francophonie to 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie, is tabulated below. The table is simply the consequence of the sum of the medal tables of the various editions of the Jeux de la Francophonie.[1]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  France212158129499
2  Canada8785123295
3  Morocco658369217
4  Romania644346153
5  Senegal25324097
6  Quebec21264895
7  Ivory Coast20242266
8  Poland2082048
9  Madagascar19142558
10  Egypt18162155
11  Tunisia16314087
12  Cameroon13234278
13  French Community of Belgium13162958
14  Mauritius9162348
15  Congo97824
16   Switzerland962439
17  Chad94518
18  Lebanon87419
19  Burkina Faso861832
20  Seychelles63312
21  Rwanda53513
22  Niger410822
23  Armenia45615
24  Benin33511
25  Burundi3339
26  Gabon281323
27  New Brunswick251320
28  Cape Verde2226
29  Djibouti2147
30  Haiti2125
31  Guinea2103
32  Togo2024
33  Kosovo2002
34  Mali15814
35  Lithuania15612
36  Vietnam1438
37  Central African Republic1359
38  Qatar1168
39  Bulgaria1034
40  Democratic Republic of the Congo1023
41  North Macedonia1001
42  Luxembourg051318
43  Montenegro0112
44  Dominica0101
  Guinea-Bissau0101
  Slovakia0101
47  Cambodia0066
48  Saint Lucia0011
  Uruguay0011
Totals (49 nations)6946778572228

ParticipationEdit

Jeux de la Francophonie are open to athletes and artists of the 55 member nations, 3 associate member nations and 12 observer nations of the Francophonie. Canada is represented by three teams: Quebec, New Brunswick (the only officially bilingual Canadian province) and another team representing the rest of the country. The Belgian team is restricted to athletes from the French-speaking areas of the country.

Participation has so far varied between 1,700 and 4,000 athletes and artists.

56 Member Nations or GovernmentsEdit

3 Associate Member NationsEdit

12 Observer NationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jeux de la Francophonie". jeux.francophonie.org. Retrieved 24 June 2017.

External linksEdit