France 1973

France was represented by Martine Clemenceau, with the song ‘ »Sans toi« , at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 7 April in Luxembourg City. « Sans toi » was chosen as the French entry at the national final on 6 March.

Final

The national final was organised by broadcaster ORTF and held at the Buttes-Chaumont TV studios in Paris. Six songs took part with the winner chosen by three juries made up of « experts », press and members of the public. Anne-Marie Godart had represented Monaco in the 1972 contest.[1]

French National Final – 6 March 1973
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Martine Clemenceau « Je suis venue de loin » 12 5
2 Martine Clemenceau « L’arlequin » 8 6
3 Martine Clemenceau « Sans toi«  21 1
4 Anne-Marie Godart « Pas un mot, pas une larme » 15 3
5 Anne-Marie Godart « Lui, il ne saura jamais » 14 4
6 Jean-Pierre Savelli « Oui, je t’aime » 16 2

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Clemenceau performed 16th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Israel. At the close of voting « Sans toi » had received 65 points, placing France joint 15th (with Yugoslavia) of the 17 entries – the only time that France finished outside the top 10 during the 1970s.[2]

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