Jeux de la Francophonie

Jeux de la Francophonie

Logo of the Games

The Jeux de la Francophonie (Canadian English: Francophonie Games; British English: Francophone Games (French-speakers' Games) or The Francophonie) are a combination of artistic and sporting events for the Francophonie, mostly French speaking nations, held every four years since 1989, similar in concept to the Commonwealth Games.


Year Edition Date Host city No. of
Athletes (nations)
1989 I 8–22 July Casablanca/Rabat, Morocco
1994 II 5–13 July Paris/Évry-Bondoufle, France
1997 III 27 August – 6 September Antananarivo, Madagascar
2001 IV 14–24 July Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada
2005 V 7–17 December Niamey, Niger
2009 VI 27 September – 6 October Beirut, Lebanon
2013 VII 6–15 September Nice, France
2017 VIII 21–30 July Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire


They organise sport events every 4 years.


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