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Olympics: Hollande is 41 medals for the French athletes

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Olympics: Hollande is 41 medals for the French athletes

OLYMPICS - In sports as in politics, François Hollande tries to touch the heart of the target.

Reuters / Charles Platiau

François Hollande love sports, this is not new. Visiting Insep (INSEP), Monday afternoon, the head of state wanted to "deliver a message of confidence in respect of sports" to eleven days of the beginning "of a global event" looked through "three billion spectators."

For an hour and a half, under a mild sky, the President visited the facilities of this factory of champions that provides more than one third (130 of 332 athletes) qualified French athletes for the London Olympics, to be held from July 27 to August 12.

President kimono

The former First Secretary of the Socialist Party did not hide his ambition, setting the goal to "forty-one medals," including "Ten gold", as in Beijing in 2008. Before, however, to qualify its About, refusing to put pressure. "I will not tell the athletes" bring medals, "I'm not sure it's up to me to do it."

Smiling, Francois Hollande met Teddy Riner. The five-time world champion in judo was offered a kimono with autographs of fourteen judokas selected for London. "Fourteen medal hope," he told the president in thanks.

An air of Robin Hood

During one of archery demonstration, the native of Rouen did not hesitate to try his luck. If the first arrow was a little lost along the way, the second has reached the heart of the target. "Then I'm off to London," he joked after all relative performance, with a shot to seven meters of the target, where athletes aim to ... seventy meters.

At a press conference at the end of the visit, the successor of Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated that he would travel to London on 30 July and then, perhaps, to return for the Paralympic Games, which will take place from August 29 to September 9.

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