France 1977

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France was represented by Marie Myriam, with the song ‘ »L’oiseau et l’enfant« , at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 7 May in London. Following the French success in 1976 with a song chosen through a national final, broadcaster TF1 again opted for a public selection. Two semi-finals were held in February, followed by the final on 6 March. « L’oiseau et l’enfant » went on to bring France a fifth Eurovision victory, a record at the time.

Semi-finals

Each semi-final contained seven songs, with the top three in each going forward to the final. The qualifiers were chosen by public televoting.[1]

Final

The final took place on 6 March, hosted by Evelyn Leclercq, Patrick Sébastien and Yves Lecoq. Again, the winner was chosen by public televoting.[2]

Final – 6 March 1977
Draw Artist Song Votes Place
1 Pierre Charby « Chacun sa chanson d’amour » 3562 5
2 Colin Verdier « La vie tu sais » 4845 4
3 Marie Myriam « L’oiseau et l’enfant«  10178 1
4 Delfine « Du côté de l’enfance » 6066 3
5 Monique Pianéa « Je suis comme elle » 2740 6
6 Corinne Colbert « La poupée » 5765 2

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Myriam performed last in the running order, following Belgium. Pre-contest betting had suggested that the winner was likely to be one from Belgium, Germany, Ireland or the United Kingdom, with the French song not registering as a potential victor. The United Kingdom took the early initiative in the voting and held the lead until just over half way through, when a late run of high marks to « L’oiseau et l’enfant » and a dip in form from its challengers saw France claim the victory with a final total of 136 points, 15 ahead of the United Kingdom in second place. Although in later years « L’oiseau et l’enfant » attained the status of a Eurovision classic, at the time it was considered a surprising and unexpected winner. France had taken only three maximum 12s (from Finland, Germany and Switzerland) against six for the United Kingdom and four for Ireland, but had scored more consistently across the board, being the only country to receive votes from every other national jury.[3]

Points awarded to France

Points awarded to France[3]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by France

12 points  United Kingdom
10 points  Ireland
8 points  Netherlands
7 points  Italy
6 points  Portugal
5 points  Monaco
4 points  Finland
3 points  Greece
2 points  Israel
1 point  Germany

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