Meeting with Tony Parker, a « Frenchie » in the United States

Meeting with Tony Parker, a « Frenchie » in the United States

On Tuesday, September 9, the Consulate General of France went to meet Tony Parker, leader of the San Antonio Spurs and player with the French basketball team, as he was giving an autograph session, to ask him about his relation to France.

Rencontre avec Tony Parker by consulfrancenyc

Nicknamed « TP » by his fans, the French and American basketball star keeps traveling to and playing in both countries. Trained at INSEP (National Institute for Sports, Expertise and Performance), a cradle for many high-level athletes, Tony Parker cares deeply about continuing to play with the French team. While collecting titles with the San Antonio Spurs, he led France to victory during the Eurobasket 2013.

Although he was adopted by the Americans, Mr. Parker visits France regularly, to coach basketball camps or support the Lyon-based ASVEL club (Sports Association of Villeurbanne Eveil Lyonnais), of which he is the major shareholder. For him, “representing France abroad is an important duty”.

Reflecting the player’s career, a diverse crowd of fans hailing from many nationalities came to meet their idol this Tuesday. This event, organized by the Tissot boutique on Fifth Avenue, delighted the admirers of Tony Parker, an icon of France in the United States.

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Last modified on 10/09/2014

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