France Televisions has confirmed to Télé-Loisirs that it is not threatening to boycott Eurovision 2019 in response to a planned broadcast by host broadcaster KAN.
A spokesperson for the French national broadcaster has confirmed to Télé-Loisirs that they are not threatening to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Ynet reported this afternoon that France Televisions was threatening to withdraw over plans by KAN to broadcast “Duz Pua”.
“Duz Pua” is a comedy show planned by KAN based around a fictional version of the Eurovision Song Contest. The show is focused on a French singer of Muslim origin who is taking part in Eurovision. The singer in the series is pretending to be gay and is suspected of being a terrorist.
France Televisions stated that there is no threat of withdrawal:
The whole of the French delegation is at work alongside Bilal Hassani, in view of the final scheduled for May in Tel Aviv … We are in regular contact with the EBU that communicates with all the countries participating in Eurovision, including the KAN channel. In the context of these discussions between channels, the project of fiction ‘Duz Pua’ – which we learned the existence last week – was revealed.
The European Broadcasting Union confirmed in a statement this evening that they were mediating between France Televisions and KAN about the show. They informed Ynet that:
The EBU is aware of the comic drama that is being produced these days in Israel (for ‘KAN’) and deals with an Eurovision-like event. The EBU stresses the importance to freedom of expression to and the reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU is in discussions with the host broadcaster of of Eurovision 2019, KAN, about the production, to ensure that the result will work for both sides.
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.