|France at the|
1896 Summer Olympics
|NOC||French National Olympic and Sports Committee|
|in Athens, Greece|
6 – 15 April 1896
|Competitors||12 in 6 sports and 18 events|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|1906 Intercalated Games|
France competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896. French athletes had appeared in every Summer Olympic Games of the modern era, alongside Australia, Great Britain, and Greece. France won the fourth-most gold medals with 5 and the fourth-most total medals with 11. Cycling was the sport in which the French competitors had the most success, as they completely dominated the field. The French team had 27 entries in 18 events, winning 11 medals.
|Gold||Paul Masson||Cycling||Men's 10 km||April 11|
|Gold||Paul Masson||Cycling||Men's time trial||April 11|
|Gold||Paul Masson||Cycling||Men's sprint||April 11|
|Gold||Léon Flameng||Cycling||Men's 100 km||April 8|
|Gold||Eugène-Henri Gravelotte||Fencing||Men's foil||April 7|
|Silver||Alexandre Tuffère||Athletics||Men's triple jump||April 6|
|Silver||Léon Flameng||Cycling||Men's 10 km||April 11|
|Silver||Henri Callot||Fencing||Men's foil||April 7|
|Silver||Joanni Perronet||Fencing||Men's masters foil||April 7|
|Bronze||Albin Lermusiaux||Athletics||Men's 1500 m||April 7|
|Bronze||Léon Flameng||Cycling||Men's sprint||April 11|
|Medals by sport|
The following competitors won multiple medals at the 1896 Olympic Games.
|Paul Masson|| Gold
|Cycling||Men's track time trial|
Men's 10 kilometres
|Léon Flameng|| Gold
|Cycling||Men's 100 kilometres|
Men's 10 kilometres
The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games.
Main article: Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics
The five French athletes won 2 medals between them. Tuffère appears to have entered the 100 metres but not started; some sources have André Tournois in the first heat of the 100 metres instead of Grisel. Grisel entered the triple jump, but did not start.
Track & road events
|Adolphe Grisel||100 m||Unknown||4||Did not advance|
|Alexandre Tuffèri||Did not start||Did not advance|
|Adolphe Grisel||400 m||Unknown||3-4||Did not advance|
|Georges de la Nézière||Did not start||Did not advance|
|Frantz Reichel||1:02.3||3||Did not advance|
|Albin Lermusiaux||800 m||2:16.6||1 Q||Did not start|
|Georges de la Nézière||Unknown||3||Did not advance|
|Frantz Reichel||Did not start||Did not advance|
|Albin Lermusiaux||1500 m||—||4:36.0|
|Georges de la Nézière||—||Did not start|
|Frantz Reichel||110 m hurdles||Unknown||3||Did not advance|
|Albin Lermusiaux||1500 m||—||Did not finish|
|Adolphe Grisel||Men's long jump||5.83||5|
|Adolphe Grisel||Men's triple jump||Did not start|
|Louis Adler||Men's shot put||Did not start|
|Adolphe Grisel||Did not start|
|Louis Adler||Men's discus throw||Did not start|
Main article: Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics
France dominated the cycling events, taking 4 of the 6 gold medals. Three were won by Paul Masson who won every event he entered, with Léon Flameng adding the fourth as well as a silver and a bronze. One of the two won each event that a Frenchman contested; the two gold medals won by other countries were in competitions that Masson and Flameng did not enter.
|Athlete||Event||Time / Distance||Rank|
|Paul Masson||Men's time trial||24.0|
|Léon Flameng||Men's sprint||Unknown|
|Léon Flameng||10 km||17:54.8|
|Léon Flameng||100 km||3:08:19.2|
|Paul Masson||Did not start|
Main article: Fencing at the 1896 Summer Olympics
The French fencers were held in high regard prior to the Games; Gravelotte and Callot validated those expectations in the amateur foil competition. Each went undefeated in their pool, advancing to face each other in the final. Gravelotte won the first-to-3 bout. Surprisingly, however, Perronet lost to the Greek Leonidas Pyrgos in the only match of the masters competition.
|Henri Callot||Men's foil||3||0||1 Q|| Gravelotte (FRA)
|Eugène-Henri Gravelotte||3||0||1 Q|| Callot (FRA)
|Henri de Laborde||1||2||3||Did not advance||5|
|Henri Callot||Men's masters foil||—|| Pyrgos (GRE)
Main article: Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics
Grisel competed in the parallel bars in the gymnastics program. The competitions had no formal scoring, the judges merely selecting the winner and runner-up. Grisel was neither in this competition.
|Adolphe Grisel||Parallel bars||Unknown||3–18|
Main article: Shooting at the 1896 Summer Olympics
Lermusiaux entered the military rifle event in the shooting program. His score and placing are unknown.
|Albin Lermusiaux||200 m military rifle||Unknown||Unknown||14–41|
Main article: Tennis at the 1896 Summer Olympics
Only the first initial and last name of the French tennis player in 1896 is known. He was defeated in the first round of the singles tournament.
|J. Defert||Singles|| Kasdaglis (GRE)
|Did not advance||=8|