The French team enters the stage
Fuelled by the conviction that the feats of the past can inspire the triumphs of the future, and that diversity gives greater meaning to togetherness, we have chosen the path of unity: a unity that is in the DNA of sport, the DNA of the Games, and the DNA of Paris 2024. A unity that we wish to promote for society as a whole.
A country’s sense of unity is forged both in times of adversity and at moments of sporting greatness. The very spirit of the Games is imbued with it; their power to unite goes beyond the ordinary. In Tokyo, without their fans cheering them on from the stands, France’s athletes will wear their country’s colours with pride. They will demonstrate French sporting excellence, in all its diversity and beauty.
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The flag-bearers for “Equipe de France
In a break with tradition, the Olympic and Paralympic flag-bearers for the forthcoming Tokyo Games will be announced at the same time. This is a unique opportunity to bring an entire nation together behind the leaders who will inspire them and guide them to victory.
This joint announcement is without precedent. Until now, there have been only two flag-bearers but in Tokyo there will be four: two men and two women; two Olympic athletes and two Paralympic athletes. Shoulder to shoulder in one united team, without distinction of discipline, disability or gender: our “Equipe de France”.
Can you recall our previous flag-bearers?
Teddy Riner, two-time Olympic judo champion, and Michaël Jérémiasz, four-time Paralympic wheelchair-tennis medallist, led their respective delegations into Rio’s legendary Maracanã stadium.
Laura Flessel-Colovic, the two-time Olympic fencing champion nicknamed La guêpe (“the wasp”), headed France’s Olympic delegation, and Damien Seguin, two-time Paralympic champion skipper, did likewise with his delegation a month later.
Tony Estanguet, three-time Olympic canoe slalom champion (C1), served as flag-bearer in 2008. At the Paralympic Games opening ceremony, sprinter Assia El Hannouni, who has eight Paralympic medals to her credit, had that honour.