France have been crowned world champions twice, in 2003 and 2017, and come into EHF EURO 2020 as reigning champions after triumphing on home soil in 2018.

The French women’s national team have always delivered a high performance at major international competitions. Under the leadership of Olivier Krumbholz since 1998, they have consistently proven their ability to adapt to the evolution of the sport and always maintain a top level.

Les Bleues are feared for their fabulous ability to never do what you expect them to, and always play with a signature touch of extravagance. They take pleasure in competing at the highest level and in playing together as a group. Their playing style is built on solid foundations, with fast offensive play and an impermeable defence, but the French players have the opportunity to express themselves freely on the field and often deliver improbably audacious shots.

The team for the EHF EURO 2020 includes players who have excelled over the years as well as young talents on the rise, who will be looking to prove that France remains one of the leading teams in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Leader of the team since 2013, Dembele Pavlovic is one of the vital components of the group, having scored more than 800 times in French colours. On the left wing since her debut at the age of 14, she played in France until 2012, before she left for Denmark (Randers HK) then moved to North Macedonia (Vardar) and finally to Russia (Rostov). In 2018/19 she decided to come back to one of her favourite and historic clubs, Toulon Saint-Cyr in France. After two years back ‘home’, Dembele Palovic joined Romanian giants CSM Bucuresti this year.



Leynaud is certainly one of the best female goalkeepers of all time. Called to play for the national team at only 19, she quickly secured her status as a starting goalkeeper thanks to her numerous performances in the French league and championship with Metz Handball. In 2012 she left France for Romania where she stayed a year before signing with Vardar for six years. Now she plays in Hungary with Györ where she won the DELO EHF Champions League in 2019.

Former international player Krumbholz put an end to his career in 1986 at only 28 years old and became the coach of the women's team of ASPTT Metz, leading them to the national title four times between 1989 and 1995. In 1998, he took the reins of the French national team and since then, has won nine medals including two World Championships titles at 14 years apart (in 2003 and 2017). After a short break from coaching the national team between 2013 and 2016, he came back hungry for success and he is now, more than ever, thrilled to compete and push his team to deliver the best and to win another medal.

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event host Place/Medal
2000 Romania 5th place
2002 Denmark Bronze
2004 Hungary 11th place
2006 Sweden Bronze
2008 FYR Macedonia 14th place
2010 Denmark/Norway 5th place
2012 Serbia 9th place
2014 Hungary/Croatia 5th place
2016 Sweden Bronze
2018 France Gold