France

As part of the original founders of the Eurovision Song Contest France has been participating since 1956.
The country was rather successful in its first 30 years, winning 5 times in this time frame:

1958: André Claveau performing Dors, mon amour
1960: Jacqueline Boyer performing Tom Pillibi
1962: Isabelle Aubret performing Un premier amour
1969: Frida Boccara performing Un jour, un enfant
1977: Marie Myriam performing L’oiseau et l’enfant

France has forfeited the competition only twice since its creation, once in 1974 due to the death of the French president right before the festival. And again in 1982 as the French head of entertainment found the contestants to be of low quality. In the past twelve  years, France  – even though it is one of the ‘big five’, the countries thatpay the highest contribution to the European Broadcasting Union and thus can skip the qualification rounds – only managed to  reached the top ten twice.

(T: Sarah Hansen)

Performance

Entries 63
Average Performance 62.7%

Entries

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Barbara PraviVoilà
(Barbara Pravi/Iggit/Lili Poe)
2nd
499
Tom LeebMon alliée (The best in me)
(Peter Boström/Thomas G:son/John Lundvik/Tom Leeb/Amir Haddad/Léa Ivanne)
Bilal HassaniRoi
(Bilal Hassani/Emilie Satt/Jean-Karl Lucas/Medeline)
16th
105
Madame MonsieurMercy
(Emilie Satt/Jean-Karl Lucas/Remi Tobbal)
13th
173
AlmaRequiem
(Nazim Khaled/Alexandra Maquet)
12th
135
AmirJ'ai cherché
(Nazim Khaled/Amir Haddad/Johan Errami)
6th
256
Lisa AngellN'oubliez pas
(Robert Goldman)
25th
4
Twin TwinMoustache
(Pierre Beyres/Kim N’Guyen/Lorent Ardouvin/François Ardouvin)
26th
2
Amandine BourgeoisL'enfer et moi
(David Salkin/Boris Bergman)
23rd
14
AnggunEcho (You and I)
(Jean Pierre Pilot/William Rousseau/Anggun)
22nd
21
Amaury VassiliSognu
(Daniel Moyne/Quentin Bachelet/Jean-Pierre Marcellesi/Julie Miller)
15th
82
Jessy MatadorAllez olla olé
(Hugues Ducamin/Jacques Ballue)
12th
82
Patricia KaasEt s'il fallait le faire
(Fred Blondin/Anse Lazio)
8th
107
Sébastien TellierDivine
(Sebastien Tellier/Amandine de La Richardière)
19th
47
Les Fatals PicardsL'amour à la Française
(Ivan Callot/Laurent Honel/Jean-Marc Sauvagnargues/Yves Giraud/Paul Léger)
22nd
19
Virginie PouchinIl était temps
(Corneille)
22nd
5
OrtalChacun pense à soi
(Saad Tabainet/Ortal)
23rd
11
Jonatan CerradaA chaque pas
(Jonatan Cerrada/Benjamin Robbins/Steve Balsamo)
15th
40
Louisa BailecheMonts et merveilles
(Hocine Hallaf)
18th
19
Sandrine FrançoisIl faut du temps
(Rick Allison/Patrick Bruel/Marie-Florence Gros)
5th
104
Natasha Saint-PierJe n'ai que mon âme
(Jill Kapler)
4th
142
Sofia MestariOn aura le ciel
(Pierre Legay/Benoît Heinrich)
23rd
5
NayahJe veux donner ma voix
(Pascal Graczyk/René Colombies/Gilles Arcens/Luigi Rutigliano)
19th
14
Marie-LineOù aller
(Jean-Philippe Dary/Marie Line/Moïse Crespy/Micaël Sene)
24th
3
FannySentiments songes
(Jean-Paul Dréau)
7th
95
Dan Ar Braz et l'Héritage des CeltesDiwanit bugale
(Dan Ar Braz)
19th
18
Nathalie SantamariaIl me donne rendez-vous
(François Bernheim/Didier Barbelivien)
4th
94
Nina MoratoJe suis un vrai garçon
(Bruno Maman/Nina Morato)
7th
74
Patrick FioriMama Corsica
(François Valéry)
4th
121
KaliMonté la riviè
(Jean-Marc Monnerville)
8th
73
AminaC'est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison
(Amina Annabi/Wasis Diop)
2nd
146
Joelle UrsullWhite and black blues
(Georges Augier de Moussac/Serge Gainsbourg)
2nd
132
Nathalie PâqueJ'ai volé la vie
(Guy Mattéoni/G. G. Candy/Sylvain Lebel)
8th
60
Gérard LenormanChanteur de charme
(Gérard Lenorman/Claude Lemesle)
10th
64
Christine MinierLet mots d'amour n'ont pas de dimanche
(Gerard Curci/Marc Minier)
14th
44
Cocktail ChicEuropéennes
(Georges Costa/Michel Costa/Daniel Costa)
17th
13
Roger BensFemme dans ses rêves aussi
(Didier Pascalis)
10th
56
Annick ThoumazeauAutant d'amoureux que d'étoiles
(Vladimir Cosma/Charles Level)
8th
61
Guy BonnetVivre
(Guy Bonnet/Fulbert Cant)
8th
56
Jean GabilouHumanahum
(Jean-Paul Cara/Joe Gracy)
3rd
125
ProfilHé, hé, m'sieurs dames
(Sylvano Santorio/Richard de Bordeaux/Richard Joffo)
11th
45
Anne-Marie DavidJe suis l'enfant-soleil
(Eddy Marnay/Hubert Giraud)
3rd
106
Joël PrévostIl y aura toujours des violons
(Gérard Stern/Didier Barbelivien)
3rd
119
Marie MyriamL'oiseau et l'enfant
(Jean-Paul Cara/Joe Gracy)
1st
136
Cathérine FerryUn, deux, trois
(Tony Rallo/Jean-Paul Cara)
2nd
147
Nicole RieuEt bonjour à toi l'artiste
(Pierre Delanoë/Jeff Barnel)
4th
91
Martine ClémenceauSans toi
(Paul Koulak/Anne Grégory)
15th
65
Betty MarsComé-comédie
(Frédéric Botton)
11th
81
Serge LamaUn jardin sur la terre
(Alice Dona/Henri Djian/Jacques Demarny)
10th
82
Guy BonnetMarie-Blanche
(Guy Bonnet/André-Pierre Dousset)
4th
8
Frida BoccaraUn jour, un enfant
(Emil Stern/Eddy Marnay)
1st
18
Isabelle AubretLa source
(Daniel Faure/Henri Dijan/Guy Bonnet)
3rd
20
Noëlle CordierIl doit faire beau là-bas
(Hubert Giraud/Pierre Delanoë)
3rd
20
Dominique WalterChez nous
(Claude Carrère/Jacques Plante)
16th
1
Guy MardelN'avoue jamais
(Françoise Dorin/Guy Mardel)
3rd
22
RachelLe chant de Mallory
(André Popp/Pierre Cour)
4th
14
Alain BarrièreElle était so jolie
(Alain Barrière/Armand Migiani)
5th
25
Isabelle AubretUn premier amour
(Claude Henri Vic/Roland Valade)
1st
26
Jean-Paul MauricPrintemps, avril carillonne
(Francis Baxter/Guy Favereau)
4th
13
Jacqueline BoyerTom Pillibi
(André Popp/Pierre Cour)
1st
32
Jean PhilippeOui, oui, oui, oui
(Hubert Giraud/Pierre Cour)
3rd
15
André ClaveauDors, mon amour
(Hubert Giraud/Pierre Delanoë)
1st
27
Paule DesjardinsLa belle amour
(Guy Lefarge/Francis Carco)
2nd
17
Liedje 1: Mathé Altéry - Liedje 2: Dany Dauberson1: Le temps perdu - 2: Il est là
(1: André Lodge/Rachèle Thoreau - 2: Simone Vallauris)
2nd

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