France 1961

France was represented by Jean-Paul Mauric, with the song ‘ »Printemps, avril carillonne« , at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Cannes following Jacqueline Boyer‘s victory for France the previous year. For 1961, broadcaster RTF opted to hold a national final, which took place on 18 February.

Final

The final was hosted by Jacqueline Joubert and Marcelle Cravenne. Six songs took part with the winner being chosen by votes from members of the public who were telephoned by RTF’s regional studios.[1]

National Final – 18 February 1961
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Christiane Lasquin « Toi pour moi, moi pour toi » 57 5
2 Isabelle Aubret « Le gars de n’importe où » 100 3
3 Arabelle « Un petit brin de musette » 31 6
4 Sophie Darel « Printemps de Paris » 90 4
5 Jean-Paul Mauric « Printemps, avril carillonne » 212 1
6 Bernard Stephane « Les mouettes » 109 2
Jury Votes
Song Bordeaux Lille Limoges Lyon Marseille Nancy Rennes Strasbourg Toulouse Algiers Paris Total
Toi pour moi, moi pour toi 4 3 2 6 5 5 4 4 5 7 12 57
Le gars de n’importe où 5 7 11 10 8 12 10 9 4 5 19 100
Un petit brin de musette 1 3 4 1 2 3 1 2 2 10 2 31
Printemps de Paris 4 6 8 13 5 3 6 11 13 5 16 90
Printemps, avril carillonne 25 21 12 17 23 17 19 16 17 15 30 212
Les mouettes 10 10 13 3 7 10 10 8 9 8 21 109

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Mauric performed 9th in the running order, following Germany and preceding Switzerland. At the close of the voting « Printemps, avril carillonne » had received 13 points, placing France 4th of the 16 competing entries.[2]

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