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France participated in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. They placed in the top 5 in the first 10 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. France is known around the world for its cuisine, fashion, language and culture.

Although a song in French won the very first Eurovision Song Contest, Refrain, it represented Switzerland. It wouldn’t take long for France to catch up as the first 3 of France’s 5 victories in the Eurovision Song Contest were achieved in the very early years and by 1969 their record of 4 wins was unmatched.

In 1977, France won the Eurovision Song Contest for the fifth, and to date the last time. The song L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant was performed by Marie Myriam, and her victory meant a new record in Eurovision Song Contest history.

One placing that France had never got in the ranking was the last, until 2014 when the band Twin Twin came 26th and last in the Grand Final with Moustache. In 2016, France returned to the Top 10, and in the charts, with Amir and J’ai Cherché which narrowly missed a place in the top 5 in Stockholm.

Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Liverpool 2023
Turin 2022
Fulenn
Grand Final
24th - 17 points
Rotterdam 2021
Voilà
Grand Final
2nd - 499 points
Rotterdam 2020
Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)
Tel Aviv 2019
Roi
Grand Final
16th - 105 points
Lisbon 2018
Mercy
Grand Final
13th - 173 points
Kyiv 2017
Requiem
Grand Final
12th - 135 points
Stockholm 2016
J'ai cherché
Grand Final
6th - 257 points
Vienna 2015
N'oubliez Pas
Grand Final
25th - 4 points
Copenhagen 2014
Moustache
Grand Final
26th - 2 points
Malmö 2013
L'enfer Et Moi
Grand Final
23rd - 14 points
Baku 2012
Echo (You And I)
Grand Final
22nd - 21 points
Düsseldorf 2011
Sognu
Grand Final
15th - 82 points
Oslo 2010
Allez Ola Olé
Grand Final
12th - 82 points
Moscow 2009
Et S'il Fallait Le Faire
Grand Final
8th - 107 points
Belgrade 2008
Divine
Grand Final
19th - 47 points
Helsinki 2007
L'amour à La Française
Grand Final
22nd - 19 points
Athens 2006
Il était Temps
Grand Final
22nd - 5 points
Kyiv 2005
Chacun Pense à Soi
Grand Final
23rd - 11 points
Istanbul 2004
A Chaque Pas
Grand Final
15th - 40 points
Riga 2003
Monts Et Merveilles
Grand Final
18th - 19 points
Tallinn 2002
Il Faut Du Temps
Grand Final
5th - 104 points
Copenhagen 2001
Je N'ai Que Mon âme
Grand Final
4th - 142 points
Stockholm 2000
On Aura Le Ciel
Grand Final
23rd - 5 points
Jerusalem 1999
Je Veux Donner Ma Voix
Grand Final
19th - 14 points
Birmingham 1998
Où Aller
Grand Final
24th - 3 points
Dublin 1997
Sentiments Songes
Grand Final
7th - 95 points
Oslo 1996
Diwanit Bugale
Grand Final
19th - 18 points
Dublin 1995
Il Me Donne Rendez-vous
Grand Final
4th - 94 points
Dublin 1994
Je Suis Un Vrai Garçon
Grand Final
7th - 74 points
Millstreet 1993
Mama Corsica
Grand Final
4th - 121 points
Malmö 1992
Monté La Riviè
Grand Final
8th - 73 points
Rome 1991
C'est Le Dernier Qui A Parlé Qui A Raison
Grand Final
2nd - 146 points
Zagreb 1990
White And Black Blues
Grand Final
2nd - 132 points
Lausanne 1989
J'ai Volé La Vie
Grand Final
8th - 60 points
Dublin 1988
Chanteur De Charme
Grand Final
10th - 64 points
Brussels 1987
Les Mots D'amour N'ont Pas De Dimanche
Grand Final
14th - 44 points
Bergen 1986
Européennes
Grand Final
17th - 13 points
Gothenburg 1985
Femme Dans Ses Rêves Aussi
Grand Final
10th - 56 points
Luxembourg 1984
Autant D'amoureux Que D'étoiles
Grand Final
8th - 61 points
Munich 1983
Vivre
Grand Final
8th - 56 points
Dublin 1981
Humanahum
Grand Final
3rd - 125 points
The Hague 1980
Hé, Hé M'sieurs Dames
Grand Final
11th - 45 points
Jerusalem 1979
Je Suis L'enfant-soleil
Grand Final
3rd - 106 points
Paris 1978
Il Y Aura Toujours Des Violons
Grand Final
3rd - 119 points
London 1977
L'oiseau Et L'enfant
Grand Final
1st - 136 points
The Hague 1976
Un, Deux, Trois
Grand Final
2nd - 147 points
Stockholm 1975
Et Bonjour à Toi L'artiste
Grand Final
4th - 91 points
Luxembourg 1973
Sans Toi
Grand Final
15th - 65 points
Edinburgh 1972
Comé-comédie
Grand Final
11th - 81 points
Dublin 1971
Un Jardin Sur La Terre
Grand Final
10th - 82 points
Amsterdam 1970
Marie Blanche
Grand Final
4th - 8 points
Madrid 1969
Un Jour, Un Enfant
Grand Final
1st - 18 points
London 1968
La Source
Grand Final
3rd - 20 points
Vienna 1967
Il Doit Faire Beau Là-bas
Grand Final
3rd - 20 points
Luxembourg 1966
Chez Nous
Grand Final
16th - 1 point
Naples 1965
N'avoue Jamais
Grand Final
3rd - 22 points
Copenhagen 1964
Le Chant De Mallory
Grand Final
4th - 14 points
London 1963
Elle était Si Jolie
Grand Final
5th - 25 points
Luxembourg 1962
Un Premier Amour
Grand Final
1st - 26 points
Cannes 1961
Printemps (avril Carillonne)
Grand Final
4th - 13 points
London 1960
Tom Pillibi
Grand Final
1st - 32 points
Cannes 1959
Oui, Oui, Oui, Oui
Grand Final
3rd - 15 points
Hilversum 1958
Dors Mon Amour
Grand Final
1st - 27 points
Frankfurt 1957
La Belle Amour
Grand Final
2nd - 17 points
Lugano 1956
Il Est Là
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points
Lugano 1956
Le Temps Perdu
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points