France will participate in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
French broadcaster France 2 has confirmed to ESCToday that they will take part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster haven’t yet revealed how they will select their entry, but most recently they have opted to use Destination Eurovision, their national final selection show.
At this year’s contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, France was represented by Bilal Hassani. With his song “Roi”, he placed 16th in the Grand Final.
The Eurovision Song Contest will be brought back to the Netherlands for the 2020 edition after Duncan Laurence’s victory at the 2019 contest with his song “Arcade”. To date, 34 countries have confirmed preliminary participation. These countries are:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
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.