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|
Logo of the Games
|Frequency||every 4th year|
|Year||Edition||Opened by||Date||Host city||No. of|
|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)|
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 featured as a demonstration event.
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. 
|13||French Community of Belgium||13||16||29||58|
|37||Central African Republic||1||3||5||9|
|40||Democratic Republic of the Congo||1||0||2||3|
|Totals (49 nations)||694||677||857||2228|
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.
The 1989 Jeux de la Francophonie, also known as Iers Jeux de la Francophonie, (French for Francophone Games) were held in Casablanca and Rabat, Morocco, from July 8 to 22, 1989.1997 Jeux de la Francophonie
The 1997 Jeux de la Francophonie, also known as IIIes Jeux de la Francophonie, (French for Francophone Games) were held in Antananarivo, Madagascar from August 27 to September 6, 1997.2001 Jeux de la Francophonie
The 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie, also known as IVes Jeux de la Francophonie, (French for Francophone Games) were held in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec, Canada from July 14–24, 2001.2005 Jeux de la Francophonie
The 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie, also known as Ves Jeux de la Francophonie, (French for Francophone Games) were held from December 7–17, 2005 in Niamey, Niger.2009 Jeux de la Francophonie
The 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie, also known as VIèmes Jeux de la Francophonie (French for 6th Francophone Games), were held from September 27 to October 6 in Beirut, Lebanon.2013 Jeux de la Francophonie
The 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie, also known as VIIèmes Jeux de la Francophonie (French for 7th Francophone Games), were held in Nice, France, from September 6-15. This was the second edition of the games to be hosted in France and the first time that a country hosted the games twice.Athletics at the 1989 Jeux de la Francophonie
At the 1989 Jeux de la Francophonie, the athletics events were held in Casablanca, Morocco between 12 and 17 July 1989.Athletics at the 1994 Jeux de la Francophonie
At the 1994 Jeux de la Francophonie, the athletics events were held in Bondoufle, near Paris, France. A total of 43 events were contested, of which 23 by male and 20 by female athletes.Athletics at the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie
At the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie, the athletics events were held at Terry Fox Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada between 19–23 July 2001. A total of 47 events were contested, of which 24 by male and 23 by female athletes. Included in this were two disability athletics events for wheelchair racers. A total of 23 Games records were broken or equalled in the competition.The host nation won the most gold medals in the competition—taking eleven golds in a haul of 24 medals— but it was beaten on the total overall medal count by France which won 27 events. Morocco performed particularly well in the middle- and long-distance track events. Newcomer Poland made an impact in its debut, taking nine golds with most of its athletes succeeding in the field events. Among the other nations competing, Romania and Mauritius managed four gold medals each.The competition attracted higher level performances and participation than in previous editions, in part due to the 2001 World Championships in Athletics which was also held in Canada some two weeks later. Bruny Surin was defeated by Stéphan Buckland in the men's 100 metres. Surin decided not to compete in the 200 metres as a result – a move which attracted criticised as he had reportedly been paid 250,000 Canadian dollars to act as a Games ambassador.The quality of the host stadium also came in for criticism from those attending the event, which one French official stating that "a poor African country" could have held the event to a better standard. Of the winners in Ottawa, Perdita Felicien, Szymon Ziółkowski, Amy Mbacke Thiam and Nezha Bidouane also went on to become gold medallists in their respective events at the World Championships. A number of other athletes went on to win minor medals on the world stage soon after – Paweł Czapiewski, Dudley Dorival, Monika Pyrek, Françoise Mbango-Etone and Nicoleta Grasu.Athletics at the 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie
At the 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie, the athletics events were held at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché in Niamey, Niger, from 11–16 December 2005. A total of 43 events were contested, of which 23 by male and 20 by female athletes. France sent the largest squad and topped the medal table with 19 gold medals and 39 medals in total. Morocco was the next most successful nation, having won 11 golds and 31 medals all together. This was largely as a result of their middle- and long-distance running dominance which saw them take all three medals in four events, as well as three separate Moroccan 1–2 finishes. Canada and the Ivory Coast were third and fourth in the medal tally. Twenty of the 37 nations competing won a medal, although hosts Niger went empty-handed in the athletics competition.
The performances were down in comparison to the 2001 edition in Ottawa, which had benefited from being held a few weeks before the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, also in Canada that year. Two Games records were broken over the course of the competition, but a number of African athletes broke their national record – home athletes improved six different Nigerien records.Among the prominent medallists were Moroccans Yassine Bensghir and Seltana Aït Hammou, who completed 800/1500 metres doubles on the men's and women's sides respectively. Their compatriot Zhor El Kamch won both the women's 5000 metres and 10,000 metres while Tarik Bougtaïb took a gold and a silver in the horizontal jumps. Yves Niaré of France was dominant in the throws, winning the shot put and discus throw events. Chad's efforts were led by Kaltouma Nadjina who won two golds for her 200 metres and 400 metres performances – her nation's only medals of the entire multi-sport event that year.Athletics at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie
At the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie, the athletics events were held at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium from 1 to 6 October. A total of 46 track and field events were contested.Athletics at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie
At the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie, the athletics events were held at Stade Charles-Ehrmann from September 10 to September 14. The host country, France, topped the medal table in front of Poland and Canada. A total of 8 Games records was bettered during the competition.Athletics at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie
The athletics competition at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie took place in Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan from 23 to 27 July 2017.Athletics at the Jeux de la Francophonie
Athletics is one of the sports at the quadrennial Jeux de la Francophonie (Francophone Games) competition. It has been one of the sports held at the event since the inaugural edition in 1989.Cultural events at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie
Cultural events were held at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie between 27 September and 4 October. There were seven cultural competitions: song, storytelling, traditional inspiration dance, poetry, painting, photography and sculpture.Football at the Jeux de la Francophonie
The football tournament in the Jeux de la Francophonie occurs every four years. It is contested by French-speaking nations and usually involves the use of youth national teams. Canada and Congo are the only nations to have won the tournament twice.Judo at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie
At the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie, the judo events were held at the Michel el Murr stadium from September 28 to September 30. A total of 14 events were contested according to gender and weight division.Judo at the Jeux de la Francophonie
Judo is one of the sports at the quadrennial Jeux de la Francophonie (Francophone Games) competition. It has been one of the sports held at the event since the inaugural edition in 1989.Tunisia women's national basketball team
Tunisia women's national basketball team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة السلة للسيدات), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), is the nationally controlled basketball team representing Tunisia at world basketball competitions for women. It is administered by the Tunisia Basketball Federation (FTBB). (Arabic: الاتحاد التونسي لكرة السلة)
In 2007, they were the third highest ranked African team in the world after Senegal and Nigeria.
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