- Sep 2016
Oh I do wish that in a thread started in praise of a country, not everything was about war, war, war.
Still, there were other posters who praised France for things besides war. I also had several posts listing some of accomplishments in other fields.
In terms of Nobel Prize laureates France holds 4th place in the world. Only USA, UK and Germany have more.
USA - 371
UK - 129
Germany - 108
France - 68
Before Nobel Prizes, there were also many French who made very important contributions in various scientific fields and discoveries. Some of the names :
Charles-Augustin de Coulomb
Pierre de Fermat
When it come to sports.
France has won 2 World Cups ( 1998, 2018 ) and 2 European Championships ( 1984, 2000 ) in football.
6 times French players have won Ballon D'or.
Raymond Kopa - 1958
Michel Platini - 1983, 1984 , 1985
Jean-Pierre Papin - 1991
Zinedine Zidane - 1998
Just Fontaine holds record for most goals scored in single World Cup tournament - 13.
Pierre de Coubertin was founder of International Olympic Committee and is considered the father of modern Olympic Games. Second Olympic Games were held in Paris in 1900.
France holds 5th place in number of Olympic medals. France won 840 medals.
French Open or Rolland-Garros is one of the 4 annual Grand Slam tournaments.
Tour de France is also one the most famous sporting events.
Alain Prost is 4 time F1 World Champion. Won titles in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993. Had famous rivalry with Ayrton Senna. Shares same amount of titles with Hamilton and Vettel. Only Schumacher and Fangio have more.
Rugby team of France is one of the strongest in the world. France reached Rugby World Cup Final in 1987, 1999 and 2011. In 1995, 2003 and 2007 they were stopped in the Semi-Final. France won 3rd place in 1995 and took 4th place in 2003 and 2007.