France came to Greece looking to defend the title they captured on home soil two years ago but they leave without a medal, and miss out on the Olympics.
At least they depart the beautiful coastal city of Patras on a winning note, seeing off a determined Belgium 94-75 on Sunday in the last classification game.
Belgium played in their first European Championships since 1985 this summer and their performances suggests it will not be such a long wait for another appearance in a major tournament.
The Czech Republic make their shots from all over the court - three pointers, fastbreak layups, free throws.
But what makes this team maybe the finest in Europe, judging from their 98-62 quarter-final thrashing of Belgium, is their commitment on the court every second of every game.
Belgium's first mission at the European Championships was to battle their way into the quarter-finals.
Their second was to spring a major upset and then dream of winning a medal.
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