France Télévisions has responded to the BDS stage invasion that took place during Destination Eurovision last night.
The French national broadcaster has issued a statement regarding the stage invasion by BDS protesters during the second semi-final of Destination Eurovision. Protesters took to the stage following the performance of last years Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai from Israel.
The statement from France Télévisions reads:
Eurovision is above all an entertainment of a unique international scale and open to a great artistic diversity.The music, which has no borders, is its essence, with universal ambition for dialogue between peoples, openness and living together.
Beyond offering the French music scene an extraordinary exhibition in the whole world, our participation in this essential variety show is also focused on conveying these humanistic values. Last year, we remember the choice of the French public and an international jury of the song “Mercy” duo Madame Monsieur to represent France at the 2018 edition of Eurovision in Lisbon. It is clear that this song, beyond its artistic quality, had a major media impact, thus shedding light on the issue of migrants.
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.