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List: Top Ten Favourite Sports in France

Date: 2007

Source: INSEE

Base: Measured by number of participants officially licensed by each sports' ruling federation.

Notes: With over 2.3 million licensed players football is clearly the most popular sport in France, although it is heavily imbalanced towards male participation with fenales accounting for only 3% of the total. La Fédération française de tennis counted just over one million licenced players, 32.7 per cent of whom were female. The third most popular sport was horse riding with just over half a million participants, with nearly 70 per cent of riders less than 19 years of age and 78.6% of whom were female.

Rank

Sport

No. Licensed Players

1

Football (Soccer)

2,320,625

2

Tennis

1,094,593

3

Equestrianism (Horse Riding)

553,560

4

Judo

550,382

5

Basketball

457,121

6

Golf

383,949

7

Handball

367,047

8

Pétanque (Boules)

362,867

9

Rugby

285,376

10

Sailing (inc. Windsurfing)

279,764


 

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