The French women’s team was crowned vice-champion of Europe in team foil on Monday in Antalya, Turkey, after failing in the final 45-25 against Italy.
Les Bleues could not do anything against the Italians who raced in the lead for almost the entire final, winning 7 out of 9 matches. The French team was made up of Solène Butruille and three of the four medal-winning foilers team silver at the Tokyo Olympics: Ysaora Thibus, Anita Blaze and Pauline Ranvier.
The Italians of Alice Volpi and Arrianna Errigo were bronze medalists last summer in Japan.
This is the 7th French medal in these European championships, which will continue until Wednesday in Turkey, still with the team events.
No medal, however, for men in sabre. The Blues, beaten by Turkey 45-39, finished fourth. Maxime Pianfetti, Sebastien Patrice, Bolade Aputhy and Eliott Bibi formed the tricolor clan. The latter two had obtained individual bronze a few days earlier.