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Jeux de la Francophonie
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–Gatineau, Canada 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 IX Félix Tshisekedi 28 July – 6 August Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 3,000 (36)
2027 X TBA TBA Armenia Yerevan, Armenia[1] 4,000 (50)



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, parasports and beach volleyball competitions were held. Neither of these 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

An all-time Jeux de la Francophonie Medal Table from 1989 Jeux de la Francophonie to 2023 Jeux de la Francophonie, is tabulated below. The table is the sum of the medal tables of the various editions of the Jeux de la Francophonie.[2]

1 France219163132514
2 Canada9280126298
3 Romania815258191
4 Morocco5910090249
5 Senegal394147127
6 Ivory Coast27282681
7 Cameroon263554115
8Quebec Canada, Québec243255111
9 Madagascar22182868
10 Poland2082048
11 Egypt19152256
12 Tunisia17314088
13Wallonia French Community of Belgium16183468
14 Mauritius15202459
15 Burkina Faso15132452
16 Switzerland1072744
17 Congo9101534
18 Lebanon991533
19 Armenia77923
20 DR Congo6112138
21 Chad68620
22 Benin63716
23 Seychelles63312
24 Djibouti62715
25 Niger5191539
26 Rwanda52411
27 Burundi34714
28 Guinea3317
29 Kosovo3216
30 Gabon291728
31New Brunswick Canada New Brunswick271928
32 Togo2237
33 Cape Verde2226
34 Haiti2125
35 Mali161118
36 Lithuania15612
37 Vietnam1449
38 Qatar1168
39 Bulgaria1034
40 North Macedonia1012
41 Luxembourg051318
42 Central African Republic0167
43 Montenegro0112
44 Dominica0101
47 Cambodia0066
48 Equatorial Guinea0011
 Saint Lucia0011
Totals (50 entries)79179110212603


See also: Member states of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

The 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

Three associate member nations

Observer territories, nations, and provinces

See also


  1. ^ "Xes Jeux de la Francophonie à Erevan (Arménie) en 2027 | Jeux de la francophonie".
  2. ^ "Jeux de la Francophonie". Retrieved 24 June 2017.