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The French Swimming Federation (FFN) has carved out domestic free-to-air rights for 2020 and 2021 in a departure from the previous cycle. But the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced significant uncertainty over how the rights-holder’s new broadcasting contracts will operate.

Public broadcaster France Télévisions renewed its free-to-air rights to the final of the country’s Top 14 rugby union club competition for the 2019-23 cycle at around the same level as its previous deal, SportBusiness Media understands.

Internet giant Amazon will pay more than public-service broadcaster France Télévisions for a substantially smaller package of rights to the French Open’s 2021-23 cycle.

The French tennis federation’s (FFT) decision to hold its first tender in six years for domestic rights to the French Open is unlikely to significantly boost incomes or break the broadcasting duopoly of France Télévisions and Eurosport, according to industry experts spoken to by SportBusiness Media.

The French government strongly encouraged public-service broadcaster France Télévisions to reach an Olympics sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery for the 2022 to 2024 cycle to ensure the widest access to the Paris 2024 games, SportBusiness Media understands.

Public broadcaster France Télévisions’ France 4 channel could be saved from closure as a consequence of the increased popularity of its youth and educational content shown during the ongoing Covid-19 loc…

French public-service broadcaster France Télévisions has issued its support for the Tour de France’s rescheduled dates, saying that the minimal overlap with tennis’ French Open will ease its scheduling heada…

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has retained its rights to figure skating’s European and World Championships until 2023.

Eurosport has acquired pay-television rights in France for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a sublicensing deal with pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus and public-service broadcaster France Télévisions.

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Sports broadcaster Eurosport has had its grip on MotoGP rights across Europe weakened in recent times, despite its renewal of rights in the Netherlands.

The French football federation increased the value of its domestic Coupe de France media rights by about 33 per cent in a joint renewal with France Télévisions and Eurosport.

France Télévisions prised prestigious free-to-air tennis rights from M6 late last month, despite paying no increase for the rights.

European Professional Club Rugby increased the value of its media rights in France by about 50 per cent late last month from deals with beIN Sports and France Télévisions.

Amaury Sport Organisation secured a small increase in the value of its domestic rights, including the Tour de France, in last month’s five-year renewal with France Télévisions.

Joseph Rivers, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences in selected European markets for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

David Svenson, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences in selected European markets for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The French tennis federation last week secured an increase of just over 11 per cent in the value of its domestic French Open rights after agreeing an early renewal with France Télévisions.

Uefa increased the value of the women’s European Championship tournament hugely in a deal with France Télévisions last month.

France Télévisions last month retained its hold on Six Nations and national team test rugby in long-term deals, increasing its fees for both by about 25 per cent.

Canal Plus’s recent loss of English Premier League rights in France helped the value of Coupe de la Ligue media rights increase by 119 per cent last month.

France Télévisions last week sublicensed rights to the summer Olympic Games of 2016 and 2020, recouping a decent portion of its investment.

The French second-tier rugby union league, the Pro D2, took advantage of strong competition for its rights to secure a massive fee increase in new deals agreed last week.

Live television audiences for rugby union’s Six Nations championship in 2015 were up year-on year in the tournament’s largest market, the UK, where public-service broadcaster the BBC recorded an average of …

The domestic media rights value of French rugby union’s Top 14 final increased strongly in new deals agreed last week.

France Télévisions last week agreed a deal covering the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, taking European Professional Club Rugby to a strong rights fee from the French market.

Eurosport France, the French arm of the pan-regional broadcaster, has renewed its non-exclusive domestic rights to cycling’s Tour de France.

French pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports easily beat its main rival Canal Plus to land rights to European rugby’s new club tournaments, adding evidence to claims that the previously intense competition between the two broadcasters is cooling.

Mike Kiernan, Analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, looks at audiences in key European markets for the 2014 Tour de France