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The Jeux de la Francophonie (Canadian English:Francophonie Games; British English:Francophone Games) are a combination of artistic and sporting events for French speaking nations, held every four years since 1989, partly as a counterweight to the Commonwealth Games.


Year Edition Date Host city No. of
Athletes (nations)
1989 I 8–22 July Casablancamarker/Rabatmarker, Moroccomarker
1994 II 5–13 July Parismarker/Évry-Bondoufle, Francemarker
1997 III 27 August – 6 September Antananarivomarker, Madagascarmarker
2001 IV 14–24 July Ottawamarker-Gatineaumarker, Canadamarker
2005 V 7–17 December Niameymarker, Nigermarker
2009 VI 27 September – 6 October Beirutmarker, Lebanonmarker



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.


In 2001, street art featured as a demonstration event.


Jeux de la Francophonie are open to athlete and artists of the 55 member nations, 2 associate member nations and 13 observer nations of the Francophonie. Canadamarker is represented by three teams: Quebecmarker, New Brunswickmarker (the only officially bilingual Canadian province) and another team representing the rest of the country. The Belgianmarker team is restricted to athletes from the French-speaking areas of the country.

Participation has so far varied between 1,700 and 3,000 athletes and artists.

55 Member Nations or Governments

3 Associate Member Nations or Governments

12 Observer Nations or Governments

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