Country Of The Month: France Part 4


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.

Catherine Ferry – Un, deux, trois

In 1976, France selected Catherine Ferry and her song “Un, deux, trois”. The song is entirely in French. The title is translated to “One, two, three”.

The song was composed by Tony Rallo, who also served as the conductor of the live performance and the lyrics were written by Jean-Paul Cara. “Un, deux, trois” placed 2nd with 147 points.

At 0:40 you can watch a part of the entry.

Catherine Ferry was born on the 1st of July 1953. Her song is co-written by Jean-Paul Cara, the same person behind France’s first place in 1977 and Germany’s first victory in 1982. Catherine took a break from her career in 1989. However, she returned in 2011 with a new single.

I selected this entry by the fact that is still a fan-favourite.

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.

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