Eight world medals including five golds for the fencers of Lagardère Paris Racing

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Paris, October 8, 2007

Lagardère Paris Racing fencers earned an impressive total of eight medals during the World Championships held in St Petersburg (Russia) from 28 September to 7 October 2007.

Jérôme Jeannet, already a bronze medallist in individual épée, captured the gold in the team épée event that closed the competition, as a member of the French quartet that also included his brother, Fabrice Jeannet.

In the women’s team sabre event, Carole Vergne also stepped up to the top level of the podium along with her partners on the French team.

Laura Flessel-Colovic, who trains under the TeamLagardère colours, and Hajnalka Kiraly-Picot participated in France’s triumph in the women’s team épée competition.

Finally, the French men’s sabre team, which includes Julien Pillet and Boris Sanson in its ranks, took second place in a tournament won by a narrow margin by Hungary.

Lagardère Paris Racing is immensely proud of these eight medals, which confirm its role as a driving force in top-level sports in France. They also augur well for French athletes in the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games.

The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation

The aim of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation is to create excellence, nurture confidence and foster social cohesion in the fields of sports, culture and research. With these goals in mind, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation supports talented young artists, creators and sponsors of social solidarity projects. Its mission is to identify and create athletic and cultural excellence, to endow France with exceptional venues for sports and culture, and to engage in committed social action in the heart of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
TeamLagardère and Lagardère Paris Racing are the corner stones of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation’s commitment to sports.

TeamLagardère, a breeding ground for future champions, is an innovative entity providing professional-level coaching assistance at its facility located in the Paris Jean Bouin club. TeamLagardère includes a centre for sports-related scientific expertise that brings together the most advanced levels of technical competence in the areas of research, training and coaching.
TeamLagardère also aims to identify young hopefuls at its facility in Sophia Antipolis on the French Riviera by offering them a dual path of excellence: sports performance and personal development. TeamLagardère offers a personalized response to top-level athletes by providing them with educational assistance and monitoring, training and retraining programmes depending on their age and professional career path.

The Lagardère Paris Racing club is an ambitious project devoted to sports in Paris. With more than 18,500 members, divided among fourteen sports divisions in two athletic facilities – La Croix Catelan and Eblé –, Lagardère Paris Racing is Europe’s first multi-sport athletic club. Its mission is to develop the practice of sports in the French capital, in all of its manifestations: professional or high-level sports supported by TeamLagardère’s expertise and training, leisure-time sports, health-related sports and sports for people with disabilities. Its long-term mission is to develop the outlines of a new French sports model, centred on strengthening the concept of a high-level club.

Press contact: Gilles Lorin de Reure, Communications Director Sports-Sponsorship - Tel 33 1 40 69 17 04 - Email: glorindeure@lagardere.fr

Emilie Banaszuk - Tel 33 1 58 47 95 16 - Email: emilie.banaszuk@eurorscg.fr

Jean-Luc Cayla, Athletic Director - Tel.  33 1 45 67 55 86
Sébastien Pondruel, Communications Manager - Tel.  33 1 45 67 55 86

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