We decided to continue our new series of articles “Country Of The Month” with France. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best French entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.
Marie Myriam – L’oiseau et l’enfant
In 1977, France selected Marie Myriam and her song “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. The song is entirely in French. The title is translated to “The bird and the child”.
The song was composed by Jean-Paul Cara and the lyrics were written by Joe Gracy. the conductor of the live performance was Raymond Donnez. “L’oiseau et l’enfant” won with a total of 136 points.
Marie Myriam was born on the 8th of May 1957, at the Belgian Congo – now the Democratic Republic of the Congo – as Myriam Lopes. Her relationship with the contest still exist. Marie Myriam participated in the 50th anniversary of the contest, in 2005. She has also announced the French results to the contest on many occasions.
I selected this entry for simply being the last victory of the country.
France in the Eurovision 🇫🇷
France debuted at the contest in 1956, being one of the first 7 countries. Since then, it has participated in an impressing number of 62 times, missing the event twice times – 1974, 1982. In 1974 the country selected its representative, but withdrew due to the death of President Georges Pompidou, the week of the contest. In 1982, TF1 – the network that was responsible for the french representatives – decided not to participate due to lack of talents. The first years, the country achieved very good results, in contrast to the two last decades – with a few exceptions.
The country is part of the “Big 5”, so its prequalified to the grand final. The country has topped the scoreboard on 5 contests (1958, 1960, 1962, 1969 and 1977), it came second in 5 contest, third 7 times and finished in the Top-5 in 9 more occasions. Its worst result came in 2014 when it finished last – for the first time – with just 2 points.
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from France? Let us know in the comment box below.