Alexandre Astier is a writer, editor, director and the lead actor of French television series ‘Kaamelott’, in which he plays “King Arthur”.
Not only does he excel as a jazz pianist, but Lyon-born Franck Avitabile also has a master’s degree in mathematics. He has recorded several albums, earning him various awards.
Kurt Zouma may only be 17, but he is already a first-team player at Saint-Etienne, where he plays in central defence. So impressive has he been so far, that it’s believed the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City are both keeping close tabs.
A talented French sprinter, Emmanuel Biron finished second at the 2009 European Under-23 Championships in Lithuania and also competed at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.
European NGO activist
Jessica Chamba, who grew up in Lyon, is currently vice president of the European Movement. A European NGO activist, she is one of the most influential women to hail from the French city.
Named European Champion of the year in 2011, Emmie Charayron is a triathlete of genuine quality. The 22-year-old has picked up victorious at various competitions around Europe, including Alanya and Lisbon. A sportswoman in every sense of the word.
A 110 metre hurdles specialist, Garfield Darien won silver at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. A year later, the 24-year-old picked up another silver medal for finishing second in the 60 metre hurdles in Paris. Surely his first gold is just around the corner?
Rugby Union player
Yann David is a versatile rugby union player, who currently plies his trade with French giants Toulouse. The 24-year-old also has two caps for his country, but that number should continue to grow over the forthcoming years.
Marie Dorin Habert
Born in Lyon in June 1986, Marie Dorin Habert represented France at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where she won a silver and a gold medal in Vancouver. In 2012, she won another silver medal at the Biathlon World Championships in Ruhpolding.
“The girl [Maria] Sharapova is playing is going to be number one in the world one day … what a player.” These were the words of British tennis player Andy Murray, who was passing comment on Lyon-born Caroline Garcia. The 18-year-old continues to improve at a fast pace and is certainly one to watch closely in the coming months and years.
Odette Henriette Jacqmin
Supermodel, Actress, Singer
Although born in Lyon, Odette Henriette Jacqmin moved to Thailand in 2000. There she became a model and then went on to embark on a pop music career. And if that wasn’t enough, she can also act.
Guillaume Joli is a member of the French handball team which won the 2009 World Championship in Croatia. He also triumphed at the 2010 European Championships in Austria.
Kévin Mayi – or Ulrich Kévin Mayi to give him his full name – is a France Under-19 international football, who plays for Saint-Etienne. In May 2012 he made his Ligue 1 debut against Marseille and is set to feature more prominent during the 2012/12 campaign.
Lionel Rumi is French, born in Lyon, but represents Israel at ice dancing with partner Brooke Frieling. He now lives in the United States in a bid to further his career in the sport.
She made her debut with France against Turkey in 2008 and has gone on to win more than 50 caps. Jennifer Digbeu is firmly on course to reach 100 caps by the time she’s 30.