Madame Monsieur who will represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, have challenged reports that their song is too political for Eurovision.
After winning Destination Eurovision, last night in Paris, Madame Monsieur took part in a press conference. At the press conference the duo were challenged about the reported political nature of their song. They responded by saying;
It’s just the story of a birth, a happy moment, in the midst of misfortune. We do not intend to teach a lesson.
“Mercy” tells the true story of a young Nigerian boy born aboard a ship operated by the group SOS Mediterranee. The group operate a number of ships across the Mediterranean as part of a humanitarian operation to save migrants who have set off by boat from Africa for the shores of Europe.
Madame Monsieur added that;
The Eurovision is for us the perfect scene to convey this story to the greatest number. It could do good, in a context so tense around migrants.
Madame Monsieur are set to release their debut album “Vu d’ici” (Seen from here) later this year. The duo who won the French selection process last night have been working on the album already for a number of months, with a release date yet to be confirmed.
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
France was one of seven countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Since then they have participated in every contest aside from 1974 and 1982. Their withdrawal in 1974 was caused by the death of President Georges Pompidou, while 1982’s withdrawal was a result of TF1 declining to enter the contest. France has won the contest on five occasions, the most recent being in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. France’s best result of the 2000s came in 2001 when Natasha St-Pier finished 4th in Copenhagen, Denmark.