In pictures: French sports hunks bare (almost) all

Thursday was a big day for fans of (nearly nude) French sports stars, with the release of the 15th edition of the “Dieux du Stade” (Gods of the Stadium) calendar. It is one more year of flesh, muscles and abs for the calendar that was originally created as a charity fundraiser. In the decade and a half since first appearing, the annual editions have helped raise the profile of French rugby players, but also the other which sports stars from France who are now also included in the calendar. Here’s a glimpse at some of the images in the new edition as well as a look back at some old ones.

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