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Text by Emma JAMES

Latest update : 2014-07-06

The French capital is renowned for romance, haute couture and fine dining. But from July 4-6 a prime stretch of its tourist heartland has been transformed into the venue for an international show-jumping competition.

It is the first time Paris has hosted the Global Champions Tour, the richest series of competitions in the equestrian sport. Riders are aiming for their share of a prize pot totalling €680,000.

Forty of the best show-jumpers from across the globe will grace the temporary arena in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

French crowds can expect plenty of homegrown talent to cheer on, with three of their riders currently ranked in the world's top 10.

There’s also a chance for some star-spotting. Living rock legend Bruce Springsteen is in town to watch his daughter – who’s vying for a place on the USA team that will be heading to Normandy next month for the World Equestrian Games.

In the international amateur classes, French actor Guillaume Canet and Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi are among those proving their talents in the saddle.

To watch FRANCE 24's full video report on show jumping in Paris, click on the player above.

 

Date created : 2014-07-05

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