France is clearly a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest with sixty participations since its debut in the first edition of the contest in 1956, being one of the only seven countries to be present at the first contest.
France has been absent only two times and has won five times. Along with Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, its one of the “Big Five” who are automatically in the final because they are the five biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The “Big Five” is one of the aspect most critised of the current Eurovision.
The most recent winning of France is in 1977 when Marie Myriam won with the song L’oiseau et l’enfant, so it’s quite a lot of time that France does not wins the competition.
This year the country will be represented by the duo Madame Monsieur, formed by Emilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas.
After a few productive years as part of a folk group in English, the pair decided to break off from the project and sail towards their own destiny and Madame Monsieur was the result.
Vu d’ici (Seen From Here in English) Madame Monsieur’s first album reflects an almost urgent longing to relate to the world around them. The tweet of a journalist, aboard the humanitarian boat Aquarius, with the photo of a little girl born in the middle of the sea inspired the name of the first single Mercy.