Sport • Guadeloupean judoka Teddy RINER is France’s favorite athlete

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As every year in December, the ranking of the favorite personalities of the French is published by the Journal du Dimanche: 25 men and 25 women including artists, sportsmen or television celebrities.

For the third consecutive year, the multiple world champion, European champion and Olympic champion therefore finds himself in first place among the most popular athletes following a survey conducted by the IFOP on a sample of 1,000 people representative of the French population aged 15 and over.

Teddy Riner occupies 8th place in the general classification, headed by Sophie Marceau and Jean-Jacques Goldman, present in the Top 50 for 11 years and eternal leader for 7 years, thus following the absolute record held by Abbé Pierre during 8 years.

Didier Deschamps on the sidelines, Zizou losing momentum

If a majority of actors and singers make up this list, athletes are not left out with Antoine Griezmann ranked 25th, Kylian Mbappé 19th and Zinédine Zidane 17th, a clear decline compared to previous years since he was even first for 3 years. , while Didier Deschamps was released for 2021, as were Claire Chazal, Catherine Frot and Michel Cymes.

Judoka Teddy Riner, heavyweight category, born in Pointe-à-Pitre in 1989, was crowned world champion 10 times, European champion five times and Olympic medalist in Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo; he has also been a Unicef ​​Ambassador since 2018. His sympathy capital does not diminish over time, as this annual ranking shows. From the height of his 2.04m, he is after David Douillet, the one who knew how to popularize judo with the French and international public, but the fact of being sometimes too demonstrative during his victories earned him some criticism, while footballers who hug each other with hot tears do not seem to shock anyone.

No votes for policies

To obtain the results of the classification, the IFOP proposes a list of 100 names (50 men and 50 women) among which are those of the previous year; are then added the emblematic personalities chosen by Internet users, who have made the news during the past year. In this pre-election period, it was therefore quite logical to propose the supposed future candidates for the presidential election, but none of them received enough votes to appear in the Top 50.

Ironically, among the sub-categories of the survey, we note that among the supporters of the presidential majority, Emmanuel Macron ranks 2nd behind Thomas Pesquet.

The astronaut is also the one who has made the best progress by climbing 9 places compared to last year, he is now on the 2nd step of the podium: Jean-Jacques Goldman, tired of walking alone, probably sang to him « Fly Me » ; Marion Cotillard is the runner-up to Sophie Marceau.

In addition to the fact that Jean Reno shows the greatest fall in passing from 5th to 14th place, we note the nomination for the first time of Françoise Hardy, Clara Luciani and Faustine Bollaert.

* Teddy Riner is the cousin of Bruno Beausir, better known as Doc Gynéco, but who does not play in the same category…

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