Jean-Michel and I have slowly and progressively established a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. We have accomplished many dreams and goals and always made the most of every second of it. We are both passionate about the adventure that trail running provides and any type of challenges and it is with joyful enthusiasm that we brew up new adventures every year.
If I had to describe François, I would say that he is: humane, reliable, decent, honest, but especially someone who stays loyal to his principles and morals, which are: sharing, simplicity and the desire to always go that bit further.
Having been lucky enough to spend time with François over the last few years, I have seen him evolve and progress in his sport and thanks to his level headedness he constantly moves forward.
Just what are Francois’ limits? I really do not know as I still haven’t seen them but he is certainly leaving his mark in the history of trail running.
I’m just really happy to be able to assist you with all your projects and diverse races.
Thank you François for who you are, for what you do now and what you will do in the future.
I have been passionate about outdoor sports and photography since I was young so combining the two together for me was a foregone conclusion.
I started photographing mountain biking and trail running was a natural progression due to it using the same environment and spirit. I really want to make people dream of getting out there, which is why the lighting is such an important factor in my images.
I like simplicity, performance and passion and I think François has all these values and many more.
Some amusing stories have also cemented our working relationship, such as a tumble that happened (not François’!) during a shoot in the Canary Islands. We collaborate often because it’s simple, fun and we are in tune with each other because we have been working together for 5 years. Genuine complicity is essential for producing beautiful pictures.
We have been working together since I joined the Salomon Team. We have a unique relationship that thrives on good humour and pleasure. We have learned to appreciate and adapt to each other’s skills and necessary liberties. This suits me perfectly and I hope we will continue like this for a very long time, if Christophe can put up with my training philosophy !
I met François for the first time in 2010 a few days before the race in Ventoux. I was already an athlete with the Salomon Team but was also coaching a few other athletes. At the start of the season Jean-Michel Faure Vincent, the team manager, asked me if I could train a young rookie who had just joined the Salomon Team. Two days after meeting him he won the Ventoux trail race, a good 10 minutes in front of me ;-)). Our collaboration started out at a very high standard and it had nothing to do with me! In the last 5 years other successes have followed and just like his first victory, it is essentially all down to him and his own talent. So I don’t know to what extent I have been able to help him grow, evolve and win all these titles and actually at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. In the space of 5 years we have created a relationship that is based on open-mindedness, advice, trust and friendship… and it is still like that! So it must be useful ! … and that makes me really happy !
The introduction of the “active patch” has only facilitated working together and often simplifies the treatments.
I have been collaborating with David for over a year. Since 2014 he kindly offered to support me in my discussions with my sponsors thanks to his skills in marketing, negotiations and email management. He offers advice and most importantly due to his interventions enables me to have valuable time to seriously concentrate on my sport.
C’est en février 2014 que François est venu me chercher afin que je m’occupe de la gestion de ses intérêts. Depuis nous avons appris à nous connaître, une confiance mutuelle s’est installée et nous avons trouvé notre façon de fonctionner.
Je suis là pour le soulager dans toute la gestion de ses relations avec nos partenaires, de la prospection à la clôture du contrat j’essaye de faciliter les choses entre les parties dans l’intérêt de François mais aussi dans celle du partenaire.
Collaborer avec François c’est en fait collaborer avec un duo, celui qu’il forme avec Jean Michel Faure Vincent qui a fait et fait encore un énorme travail pour lui depuis des années. Depuis mon arrivée j’essaye donc de donner une humble valeur ajoutée à cette doublette performante.
Avec JMFV nous essayons d’être le plus efficace possible dans nos échanges et restons dans notre rôle afin de laisser à François du temps qu’il peut ensuite consacrer totalement à la pratique de ses passions.
François c’est un formidable champion tant par ses qualités hors normes d’athlète que par sa gentillesse, son intelligence, son analyse lucide et la finesse et la justesse de son propos. C’est un bon communicant et il a un physique agréable.
C’est donc un athlète, élite d’un sport vertueux, pleinement dans son époque qui peut donner à une marque une belle image. A la fois performance, beauté, intelligence, contemporaine, de la force maitrisée, de la pureté.. le tout proche de la nature. Fier de l’aider.
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