France Judo has made a coaching change ©Getty Images

With fewer than two years to go until the Paris 2024 Olympics, Baptiste Leroy has replaced Christophe Gagliano as the France Judo men's head coach.

An France Judo release said "a view to obtaining better results from the French men's team in major international meetings" was the motivation behind the change.

Leroy, 46, is a three-time French champion who is currently coach of Etoile Sportive of Blanc Mesnil Judo (ESBM Judo).

He was previously national technical director of Mauritius from 2018 to 2021 and coach of the Moroccan team from 2011 to 2012.

Leroy will now be responsible for "managing and reorganising the management team in the men's sector".

"I am very happy to join the staff of the French team, even if I know the responsibility that this represents," Leroy said.

"I thank the French Judo Federation for the confidence it has in me, two years from the Games at home.

"I will do my best to collaborate with all the forces present, I know that it is our differences that constitute our wealth, our potential to achieve the objectives that France has set for the French Judo team, and the men's team in particular."

France has a rich history in the sport, with only Japan winning more medals at the Olympics and World Championships.

Male French judoka earned two medals at last year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with Teddy Riner, seeking a third consecutive over-100 kilograms heavyweight title, and under-60kg category Luka Mkheidze both earning bronze.

Riner was also part of the French team that won gold in the inaugural mixed event.    

Baptiste Leroy has been appointed men's team head coach as France Judo seeks to revive its fortunes before Paris 2024 ©France Judo
Baptiste Leroy has been appointed men's team head coach as France Judo seeks to revive its fortunes before Paris 2024 ©France Judo

At Rio 2016 , other than Riner's gold, Cyrille Maret won bronze in the men’s under-100kg event.

Four years earlier in London, where Riner won his first Olympic title, Ugo Legrand took bronze in the under-73kg class.

But the French men failed to earn a medal at the 2021 World Championships and this year’s edition, held in Tashkent last month.

"It was urgent to remedy the poor results of the French men's team, less than two years before the Paris Games," said France Judo President Stéphane Nomis.

"We will have to have no regrets and there is still time to act and change certain things in the men's sector.

"There are the results, the way, and also the mentalities.

"All of this must evolve, I want more collaboration between our federal teams and top-level clubs.

"We need something new, positive, questioning but also clear, precise, ambitious objectives for our athletes.

"I am counting on everyone to move forward and meet the challenges that are ours."