Sharks in France

There are very few sharks in France, with only ten attacks recorded. Sharks are uncommon in the region, with the occasional blue shark or great white sighting becoming newsworthy.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in France

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly Aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Scalloped Hammerhead 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Smalltooth Sand Tiger Shark 12-14 feet Not aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)



There are 43 records of great whites near France, with the most recent sighting in 2012.


Shark attacks are sporadic in France, with the last one taking place in 2014.


Blue sharks have often been spotted there as they give birth in the secluded areas in the region.

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