Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mapping France's Most Popular Sports

Slate has used data from the French Ministère des Sports to create an interactive map of the most popular sports in France. La Carte de France des Sports is based on the number of members of sports federations throughout the country.

The map reveals some interesting geographical trends. It is well known that rugby is popular in the south-west, that skiing is popular in the Alps and that football is popular everywhere. It is useful however to have this common knowledge confirmed by the map.

The map also reveals some surprising results. Tennis for example seems to be the most popular sport in Paris and in the wealthy areas of the south-east. Golf doesn't seem to be a particularly popular past-time anywhere, except for around some links courses on the north and west coasts.

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