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France
France
Appearances 60
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977
Worst result Last: 2014

France has participated in the Contest 60 times since its debut as one of the Founding Seven in 1956. It has only been absent twice and has won the Contest five times, including a joint 1st placing at the 1969 Contest.

Along with Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, it is a member of the "Big Five", which guarantees it automatic qualification to the final due to its financial contributions to the Contest.

Participants

Year Performer(s) Song Language Final Points Semi Points
1956 Mathé Altéry "Le temps perdu" French 12 N/A No semi-finals
Dany Dauberson "Il est là" French 4 N/A
1957 Paule Desjardins "La belle amour" French 2 17
1958 André Claveau "Dors, mon amour" French 1 27
1959 Jean Philippe "Oui, oui, oui, oui" French 3 15
1960 Jacqueline Boyer "Tom Pillibi" French 1 32
1961 Jean-Paul Mauric "Printemps, avril carillonne" French 4 13
1962 Isabelle Aubret "Un premier amour" French 1 26
1963 Alain Barrière "Elle était si jolie" French 5 25
1964 Rachel "Le chant de Mallory" French 4 14
1965 Guy Mardel "N'avoue jamais" French 3 22
1966 Dominique Walter "Chez nous" French 16 1
1967 Noëlle Cordier "Il doit faire beau là-bas" French 3 20
1968 Isabelle Aubret "La source" French 3 20
1969 Frida Boccara "Un jour, un enfant" French 1 18
1970 Guy Bonnet "Marie-Blanche" French 4 8
1971 Serge Lama "Un jardin sur la terre" French 10 82
1972 Betty Mars "Comé-comédie" French 11 81
1973 Martine Clemenceau "Sans toi" French 15 65
1974 Dani "La vie à vingt-cinq ans" French Withdrew
1975 Nicole Rieu "Et bonjour à toi l'artiste" French 4 91
1976 Catherine Ferry "Un, deux, trois" French 2 147
1977 Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" French 1 136
1978 Joël Prévost "Il y aura toujours des violons" French 3 119
1979 Anne-Marie David "Je suis l'enfant soleil" French 3 106
1980 Profil "Hé, hé M'sieurs dames" French 11 45
1981 Jean Gabilou "Humanahum" French 3 125
1982 Did not participate
1983 Guy Bonnet "Vivre" French 8 56
1984 Annick Thoumazeau "Autant d'amoureux que d'étoiles" French 8 61
1985 Roger Bens "Femme dans ses rêves aussi" French 10 56
1986 Cocktail Chic "Européennes" French 17 13
1987 Christine Minier "Les mots d'amour n'ont pas de dimanche" French 14 44
1988 Gérard Lenorman "Chanteur de charme" French 10 64
1989 Nathalie Pâque "J'ai volé la vie" French 8 60
1990 Joëlle Ursull "White and Black Blues" French 2 132
1991 Amina "C'est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison" French 2 146
1992 Kali "Monté la riviè" French, Haitian Creole 8 73
1993 Patrick Fiori "Mama Corsica" French, Corsican 4 121 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Nina Morato "Je suis un vrai garçon" French 7 74 No semi-finals
1995 Nathalie Santamaria "Il me donne rendez-vous" French 4 94
1996 Dan Ar Braz & L'Héritage des Celtes "Diwanit Bugale" Breton 19 18 11 55
1997 Fanny "Sentiments songes" French 7 95 No semi-finals
1998 Marie Line "Où aller" French 24 3
1999 Nayah "Je veux donner ma voix" French 19 14
2000 Sofia Mestari "On aura le ciel" French 23 5
2001 Natasha St-Pier "Je n'ai que mon âme" French, English 4 142
2002 Sandrine François "Il faut du temps" French 5 104
2003 Louisa Baïleche "Monts et merveilles" French 18 19
2004 Jonatan Cerrada "À chaque pas" French, Spanish 15 40 Member of "Big 4"
2005 Ortal "Chacun pense à soi" French 23 11
2006 Virginie Pouchain "Il était temps" French 22 5
2007 Les Fatals Picards "L'amour à la française" French, English 22 19
2008 Sébastien Tellier "Divine" English, French 19 47
2009 Patricia Kaas "Et s'il fallait le faire" French 8 107
2010 Jessy Matador "Allez Ola Olé" French 12 82
2011 Amaury Vassili "Sognu" Corsican 15 82 Member of "Big 5"
2012 Anggun "Echo (You and I)" French, English 22 21
2013 Amandine Bourgeois "L'enfer et moi" French 23 14
2014 Twin Twin "Moustache" French 26 2
2015 Lisa Angell "N'oubliez pas" French 25 4
2016 Amir "J'ai cherché" French, English 6 257
2017 Alma "Requiem" French, English 12 135
2018 Madame Monsieur "Mercy" French

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