Will Quentin Fillon Maillet imitate Justine Braisaz-Bouchet by winning gold? Follow the men’s mass start from 10 a.m.

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09:48 : At the age of 25, the Savoyard Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, daughter of farmers producing Beaufort, has made a huge impact on the mass start. “I had no goal of result”she admits, overwhelmed by emotion, at the microphone of France Télévisions.

09:44 : If you missed Justine Braisaz-Bouchet’s Olympic coronation an hour ago, a little catch-up session, with images of her arrival, tricolor in hand.

09:11 : Here is a new point on the news of this Friday:

• And five gold medals for France! Biathlete Justine Braisaz-Bouchet was crowned Olympic mass start champion, before the men’s event where Quentin Fillon Maillet is aiming for a historic grand slam at the Winter Games. See you in an hour in our live.

• After three weeks of hearing, the hour of the verdict. The Isère Assize Court will retire this morning to deliberate, following the trial of Nordahl Lelandais, judged in particular for the kidnapping and murder of Maëlys de Araujo in 2017. The public prosecutor’s office requested the perpetuity.

• Faced with nuclear production at half mast and government measures against soaring energy prices, EDF will be bailed out by the State. Bercy announces a public participation of 2.1 billion euros in this recapitalization of a total amount of 2.5 billion.

• From Seine-Maritime to the North, five departments on the Channel coast are placed on orange alert due to strong winds and the risk of submersion on the coasts. Rail traffic is severely disrupted in Normandy and Hauts-de-France.

08:59 : With now 14 medals on the clock, will France reach its goal of 15 podiums later? See you at 10 a.m. for the men’s mass start, where a certain Quentin Fillon Maillet is expected like a Parisian metro on this day of strike.

08:59 : Justine Braisaz-Bouchet gives French women’s biathlon the second individual Olympic title in its history, 16 years after Florence Baverel-Robert’s gold in the sprint at the Turin Games.

08:40 : France won a fifth gold medal thanks to a fantastic run by biathlete Justine Braisaz-Bouchet in the mass start.

08:39 : Congratulations Justine! A nugget that has so much trouble hatching! It is done!

08:38 : Ah Justine, the roller coaster specialist, it was the right time to reach the top! !

08:38 : Chinese musicians can rehearse The Marseillaise. Justine Braisaz-Bouchet lands another big shot on the last shot, with a 4/5, and takes off a little further ahead of the race. Gold is now reaching out to him.

08:31 : Come on, Just’ine gold medal please!!!

08:31 : We’re not going to get carried away too quickly! But Braizaz Bouchet looks solid today 😀Come on!!!!

08:30 : After the standing shooting stage, the classification of the race is turned upside down. Due to three failures out of five, Julia Simon plunged to seventh place. And now Justine Braisaz-Bouchet appears out of nowhere with a five out of five and takes the lead! We are a little over halfway through.

08:27 : Goooo the BLUE GOOOOO

08:26 : @Caro: Indeed, all of them stumbled before the last race. One of the favourites, Bastien Midol, was eliminated in the quarter-finals. François Place left the competition after the semi-finals. France remains 10th in the medal table.

08:26 : No French in the skicross final

08:21 : The French women hope to improve their record in this race, they who have so far won only one individual podium in China, with Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet’s silver in the individual event. At this stage of the race, Julia Simon has a virtual foot on the podium: she is in third position after 6.5 km.

08:18 : The mass start, kézako? In this event, the 30 starters all set off at the same time, en masse, for 15 km of skiing, punctuated by four stops on the shooting range (two lying down and two standing up).

08:18 : Small weather point: under a beautiful sun, the participants of the mass start must deal with a wind of 19 km / h and a temperature of -14 ° C, according to the specialized site Biathlonresults.

08:14 : Do you have your tickets? We take off for China and the Zhangjiakou biathlon track, where the female mass start started. You can watch the race live on France 3 and france.tv.

07:42 : We also keep an eye on freestyle skiing. Bastien Midol and François Place have just won their ticket for the skicross quarter-finals. The 2014 Olympic champion, Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, and Terence Tchiknavorian failed in the round of 16. Follow our live.


07:37 : On the French side, we can hope for new medals today, especially in the biathlon. From 8 a.m., Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, Anaïs Bescond and Julia Simon will set off for the female mass start. At 10 a.m., they will be followed by Quentin Fillon Maillet, Emilien Jacquelin, Simon Desthieux and Fabien Claude for the men’s event.

07:31 : News from Zhangjiakou, where China’s Eileen Gu was crowned Olympic halfpipe champion. At 18, she became the first athlete to win three Olympic medals in three different disciplines in freestyle skiing, after gold in big air and silver in slopestyle. (If you don’t understand all of these English terms, the Olympics site explains everything.)

06:02 : It’s Friday, February 18, it’s 6 a.m., the news is waking up:

• Outdoor markets cancelled, parks and gardens closed, walks not recommended… The prefect of the North calls for caution in the face of winter storm Eunice, which will reach “a peak of crisis in the middle of the afternoon”. Five departments on the Channel coast are placed on orange alert.

• Mayhem in sight in Ile-de-France transport due to a wage strike at the RATP. Eight metro lines will remain closed and traffic will be greatly reduced on six others, as well as on RER A and B. The executive calls on companies to promote teleworking for their employees.

• After three weeks of hearing, the hour of the verdict. The Assize Court of Isère will retire this morning to deliberate, following the trial of Nordahl Lelandais, tried in particular for the kidnapping and murder of Maëlys De Araujo in 2017. The public prosecutor’s office requested the perpetuity.

The Grand Slam for Quentin Fillon Maillet? If he finishes on the podium of the mass-start event, scheduled for 10 a.m., the French biathlete will sign an unprecedented feat in the history of the Winter Games, all sports combined, winning six medals in six races. Follow our live.