Jeux de la Francophonie

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

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 and former colonies of France, held every four years since 1989.


Year Edition Opened by Date Host city No. of
Athletes (nations)
1989 I Hassan II 8–22 July Morocco Casablanca & Rabat, Morocco 1,700 (39)
1994 II François Mitterrand 5–13 July France Paris, Évry & Bondoufle, France 2,700 (45)
1997 III Didier Ratsiraka 27 August – 6 September Madagascar Antananarivo, Madagascar 2,300 (38)
2001 IV Adrienne Clarkson 14–24 July Canada Ottawa Canada-Quebec Gatineau, Canada Quebec 2,400 (51)
2005 V Mamadou Tandja 7–17 December Niger Niamey, Niger 2,500 (44)
2009 VI Michel Suleiman 27 September – 6 October Lebanon Beirut, Lebanon 2,500 (40)
2013 VII François Hollande 6–15 September France Nice, France 2,700 (54)
2017 VIII Alassane Ouattara 21–30 July Ivory Coast Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire 4,000 (49)
2023[1] IX Felix Tshisekedi (expected) 28 July - 6 August Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo



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.


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 was featured as a demonstration event.

Medal table[edit]

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.[2]

1 France212158129499
2 Canada8785123295
3 Morocco658369217
4 Romania644346153
5 Senegal25324097
6Quebec Canada, Québec21264895
7 Ivory Coast20242266
8 Poland2082048
9 Madagascar19142558
10 Egypt18162155
11 Tunisia16314087
12 Cameroon13234278
13Wallonia 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
27New Brunswick Canada 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 DR Congo1023
41 North Macedonia1001
42 Luxembourg051318
43 Montenegro0112
44 Dominica0101
47 Cambodia0066
48 Saint Lucia0011
Totals (49 entries)6946778572228


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 a team representing the remainder of Canada. 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 in the past 20 years.

55 member nations or governments[edit]

Three associate member nations[edit]

Observer territories, nations, and provinces[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Delays forces Francophone Games postponement for second time". 11 February 2022. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Jeux de la Francophonie". Retrieved 24 June 2017.

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