France have been present at Eurovision from the very beginning and have only missed the contest on two occasions (1974 and 1982). They have fared very well over the years with five wins between 1956 and 1977, however in recent years they have struggled to crack the top ten. Their most iconic win is probably their 1977 entry from Marie Myriam ‘L’oiseau et l’enfant’, but they have also won the contest in 1958 (‘Dors, mon amour’ by André Claveau), 1960 (‘Tom Pillibi’ by Jacqueline Boyer), 1962 (‘Un premier amour’ by Isabelle Aubret) and in 1969 in a four way tie with ‘Un jour, un enfant’ by Frida Boccara.
France have opted to return to an internal selection process for 2016. On 4th February they hinted at the act for 2016 when they posted a photo clue of a dressing room with an elaborate set of make up:
Since then speculation has been rife as to who the French contender will be with many fans suggesting it could be singer Sasha with her song ‘Alive’, whereas others are pointing more towards 31 year old Parisian singer Indila.
France will make the official announcement of their act and song on 12th March. Who would you like to see represent France this year? Leave a comment below.