Team profile


After an utterly amazing performance in 2015 when they captured the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League title with an impressive sweep of their Group 2 matches and an even more striking appearance in the Group 1 Final Six in Rio de Janeiro, France added another World League medal in 2016, finishing third with a 3-0 sweep of Italy in the bronze medal game. They had previously capped their brilliant 2015 season with the gold medal at the European Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. 
At the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship they topped a second round pool ahead of hosts Poland and progressed all the way to the third-place match, before losing in straight sets to Germany. France have been competing in the World League ever since the inaugural edition in 1990 and continuously since 1999. In 2006 they finished second to Brazil but had their share of disappointment in subsequent seasons. In 2009, they narrowly missed making the Final Six, falling at the last hurdle to Argentina. They suffered another setback in 2010 when they again missed the finals and finished 12th. 
France competed in the Olympic Games for the fourth time in Rio 2016, finishing ninth. Their best ever Olympic performance was a eighth place in Seoul 1988.


Tillie Laurent

Tillie Laurent

Laurent Tillie has been coaching the men’s national team of France since 2012, during which time he led the side to their incredible gold in the 2015 FIVB World League, followed up by the European Championship title later that year and a bronze at the 2016 FIVB World League. As a player the Algiers-born 54-year-old accumulated 406 caps with the national team of France, while playing for various clubs in France and Italy. He is also a two-time Olympian as player (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) and once as coach (Rio 2016). Since last year he has been coaching the women’s team of RC Cannes during the club season. His father Guy was an international player for France, as is his son Kevin.


  • Team Manager Josserand Arnaud
  • Assistant coach Enard Cédric
  • Second Assistant Coach Pichette Vincent
  • Doctor Verdonck Eric
  • Physiotherapist Andrea Jean-Paul





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 6 4 1.500 205 213 0.962
2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 5 4 1.250 205 197 1.040
2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 6 0.500 194 194 1.000