was born on January
which is in the Pyrenees Mountains next to the Atlantic
I spent almost 4 years of my childhood in Laos: my father
was in the military. I followed my studies until, as I was
very good at drawing, I did a year in Fine Arts in Pau. Then
for 18 months I was in the paratroops and I served in Chad
(in Africa) for 6 months. When I finished, I passed various
swimming examinations and won competitions and I worked for
some time in different locations ...
In 1977, I joined the Police
for 6 months and I become a peacekeeper in the CRS - the
Republican Security Companies - (and lifeguard during summer
on the beaches) for 4 years. In 1981 I had the opportunity
to join the CEA
(Commissariat for Atomic Energy) in their security service.
During my career I rose through the ranks to finish as
brigade commander. I was given early retirement on 1 January
2013 at the age of 56 years. I spent 38 years of my life
serving in uniform and weapons security. I was married for
20 years to my wife; I have two beautiful children Caroline
who are 34 years and 26 years old; we divorced in 1999.
always did a lot of sports: running, swimming, handball,
rugby for 15 years, some combat sports, diving, parachuting,
shooting ...after I stopped playing rugby I came to
bodybuilding by chance, as a result of lack of physical
activity. I went with a friend who wanted to enrol for
bodybuilding. He asked me to go with him ... that's how I
crossed the doors of a gym
for the first time at the age of 33 years...
weighed 85 kgs with my height of 1m83 and I was not
particularly impressed, believe me! I was not immediately
hooked. I thought it was foolish to work hard, for example,
with a bar bearing a disc of 10 kgs each side - it's true!
But I persevered for a few months.
Then I bought the equipment to train at home in my basement.
I really started there alone. I knew nothing, I did not read
weight training or bodybuilding magazines. For 3 years, I
trained like crazy, no particular regime for gains unrelated
to the energy expended! Then I started to buy some magazines
and became interested in all aspects of bodybuilding. And I
also noticed an advertisment for a gym that had just opened
found a great atmosphere in this gym and I finally started
working out and eating properly for bodybuilding. A year
later, Jacky asked me if I wanted to take part in a regional
competition ... something I had never considered until then!
He was so insistent that I finally gave in and that is how I
set out on the slippery slope! Thanks to his advice,
I won my first contest: First Steps in Macon in 1994.
I was 37! 1m83 as when I started, but this time my weight
was 83kgs! At this time, I would never have hoped to make
the journey I later embarked upon....