I was fascinated to hear in this podcast chat from ma belle amie Sarah Zwick about the main sports that France excels at. This year in the recent Olympic Games France medalled in a variety of events including handball, judo and fencing. Sarah thinks the fencing prowess could be a left over from the Three Musketeers or Les Trois Mousquetaires! It may be the importance placed on fencing through history in France however. It was once a way to become a noble and was also compulsory for soldiers at one point in history too. Good fencers were almost like celebrities in their day!
I discovered through talking about this topic with Sarah that the Olympic Games whilst sometimes just referred to as “the Olympics” or even just “the games” in English, in French it is always called “Les Jeux Olympiques”.
In France, excitement is building for the next Olympics in 2024 in Paris, exactly 100 years since it was last in my favourite city!
Hear all about the plans for the next Jeux Olympiques, as well as stories of inspirational French women athletes and the French founder of the modern Olympics.
With a topic that could have just been a dry recitation of knowledge, this podcast “papotage” is actually a lovely chat with observations of life, plus learnings of the way a modern institution brings us all joy.