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.
Patrick Fiori – Mama Corsica
In 1993, France internally selected Patrick Fiori and his song “Mama Corsica”. The song is in French, with some segments of it in the Corsican language.
The song was composed by François Valéry. The conductor of the live performance was Christian Cravero. “Mama Corsica” placed 4th out of 25 entries with 121 points.
Patrick Fiori was born on the 23rd of September 1969. His father is French-Armenian and his mother from Corsica. In 1994, a year after his Eurovision participation, he released his first album. His most recent work is his album “Promesse”, which was released in 2017.
I selected this entry by the fact that is a personal 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.
That is the last part of France being the country of the month! Next week we are going to present to you a different country!
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.