François Clerc, player of Saint-Étienne, in April 2013
|Full name||François Clerc|
|Date of birth||18 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Bourg-en-Bresse, France|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2004–2005||→ Toulouse (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
He joined Lyon as a youth player, but spent the 2004–05 season on loan at Toulouse FC before playing a league game for Lyon. Upon his return in 2005, Clerc broke into the first team and made 19 appearances in the domestic league and in Europe. Clerc battled with Anthony Réveillère for the right-back spot at Lyon, although Clerc has also filled in on occasion as a right sided midfielder/winger in the team's 4–3–3 formation, with limited success. He scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Lyon on 2 December 2007 against Strasbourg. He was banned for four matches because of an improper transfer agreement to Olympique de Marseille. Clerc left Lyon in the summer of 2010 after his contract expired.
As of 1 September 2010, Clerc was training with OGC Nice with an eye to earning a year-long contract. He went on to spend two seasons with Nice, making 61 league appearances during that time. On 9 July 2012, Clerc signed a three-year deal with Saint-Étienne. He scored the equaliser against Paris-Saint Germain in a 2-2 draw.
He received a call-up (although he would not feature in the match) to the French national team for their March 2008 friendly against Slovenia. He earned his first cap for France in the 5–0 win against Faroe Islands on 11 October 2006. He then went on to take part in several matches as a substitute for Willy Sagnol, and was a starter in several games after Sagnol injured his knee in 2007. France coach Raymond Domenech seems undecided about who will succeed Sagnol at the right-back position, and he has also started Bacary Sagna, Lassana Diarra and Anthony Réveillère.
- French Professional Football League ban François Clerc for four matches
- OGC Nice Coach Eric Roy hopes to sign Clerc
- Alexandre Chochois (9 July 2012). "Saint-Etienne : François Clerc (Nice) pour trois ans (off.)". foot-national.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012.