Jeux de la Francophonie

Jeux de la Francophonie
Logo of the Games
Status active
Genre sports event
Frequency every 4th year
Location(s) various
Inaugurated 1989 (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, held every four years since 1989.


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 / Moncton-Dieppe, Canada/New Brunswick



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.

Medal Table

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]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 France212158129499
2 Canada8785123295
3 Morocco658369217
4 Romania644346153
5 Senegal25324097
6 Canada Quebec21264895
7 Ivory Coast20242266
8 Poland2082048
9 Madagascar19142558
10 Egypt18162155
11 Tunisia16314087
12 Cameroon13234278
13 Wallonia-Brussels Federation13162958
14 Mauritius9162348
15 Republic of the Congo97824
16  Switzerland962439
17 Chad94518
18 Lebanon87419
20 Burkina Faso861832
21 Seychelles63312
18 Rwanda53513
22 Niger410822
23 Armenia45615
24 Benin33511
25 Burundi3339
26 Gabon281324
27 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo1023
41 Macedonia1001
42 Luxembourg051318
43 Montenegro0112
44 Dominica0101
45 Guinea-Bissau0101
46 Slovakia0101
47 Cambodia0066
48 Saint Lucia0011
48 Uruguay0011


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 Governments

3 Associate Member Nations

12 Observer Nations

See also


  1. "Jeux de la Francophonie". Retrieved 24 June 2017.
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