The 16-year-old was with friends when he fell from a cliff near Crolles in the Isere department, southeastern France, according to the statement.
“This terrible news has a big impact on his training partners, his coach and his club, Chambéry Escalade,” FFME said. “But today, the whole federation is grieving.”
His club, Chambéry Escalade, described Douady as a “beautiful person” in a statement on Facebook on Monday.
“Luce Douady left us yesterday,” read the statement. “He left when he lived, living life to the fullest.”
Last year Douady won the World Youth Championship title in bouldering in Arco, Italy, and also finished fifth in his debut appearance at the Boulder World Federation International Sport Sport Circuit (IFSC) at the Vail circuit, Vail, USA.
Douady is “a young, brilliant and talented athlete” the IFSC said in a statement released Monday.
“IFSC’s thoughts and prayers were with Luce’s family and friends at this tragic moment,” he said.
Rock climbing is one of a number of new Olympic events and will appear for the first time at the Tokyo Games, which has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.