France has produced many exceptional individuals who have set world records in various fields. Here are 10 notable world records held by French people:
- Fastest Solo Circumnavigation: In 2017, François Gabart set the record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, completing the journey in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes, and 35 seconds.
- Deepest Scuba Dive: In 2014, Ahmed Gabr (though of Egyptian origin, he trained in France) set the record for the deepest scuba dive, reaching a depth of 332.35 meters in the Red Sea.
- Longest Freefall without a Parachute: In 2016, Luke Aikins, trained by French skydiving experts, jumped from 25,000 feet without a parachute and landed safely in a net.
- Tightrope Crossing over the Seine: Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga walked 35 meters above the ground on a tightrope across the Seine River in Paris without any safety measures.
- Most Michelin Stars: French chef Joël Robuchon held the record for the most Michelin stars awarded, with a total of 31 stars at the peak of his career.
- Fastest 100m on Inline Skates: Taïg Khris set the world record for the fastest 100 meters on inline skates in 2003.
- Longest Wakeboard Marathon: In 2017, Ugo Benghozi set the record for the longest wakeboard marathon, covering a distance of 10 hours and 15 minutes.
- Most Consecutive Football (Soccer) Touches with the Shoulders: In 2016, Iya Traoré achieved 1,093 consecutive soccer ball touches using only his shoulders.
- Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs: In 2020, a group of 2,762 people in Landerneau, France, set the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Smurfs.
- Most Baguettes Broken in One Minute: Lilian Lobjois broke 65 baguettes in one minute in 2017, setting a new world record.
These records showcase the diverse talents and achievements of French individuals across various disciplines.