Yes, we can have handguns in France, but only for sport shooting. You need to be registered as a sport shooter and then ask for an autorisation (from a month to a year waiting for it, depending of your local administration), that you must renew every three years. You have to go to the stand at least three or four times a year (I don’t remember exactly) and if you drop your shooting licence, you lose the right to own your gun. With all that in mind, you have the right to own a maximum of twelve classified guns. I won’t go deep inside details of the law, which is almost as stupid as it’s complicated.
Remember, this is what the other side of the fence defines as a “common sense” gun law.