The Games took place from 2 to 15 September in the city of Tunis, which has already hosted the Mediterranean Games in 1967, with the participation of 23 nations and 2,991 athletes including 1,019 women. The rise of feminism considerably reversed the trend since from 3% in 1967, the percentage of women increased to 34% during the Tunis Games in 2001. The 14th edition of the Games also marked the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Mediterranean Games with two invited countries: Andorra with nine athletes and Jordan with twenty participants. France for the first time in a long time dominated the team ranking with 122 podiums, despite the fact that Italy had 129 podiums, however France conquered 40 gold medals against 38 for the Italians. Monaco, Jordan, Andorra, Malta and San Marino returned empty-handed from Tunisia. The French handball team, with many future champions in the Beijing and London Olympic Games in their ranks, ended up in the third position, beaten by Croatia and Tunisia. However, we gradually saw the trend of big countries lining up teams in the making and no longer established athletes. In fact, the Mediterranean Games allowed these countries to prepare for the future.