France has provided surprisingly tough competition in the swimming events at the 2012 London Olympics, thanks to men's champion Yannick Agnel. But the French are not devoid of star quality on the women's side. :-)
Coralie Balmy, originally from France's West Indian overseas department of Martinique, has already made a name for herself in international competition. In December 2008, she set the world record in the women's 200-meter freestyle at the French National Championships in Angers, and she placed the fourth-fastest time ever in the women's 400-meter freestyle at the 2008 European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands earlier that year.
Her races in London include the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle races.