France 1987

France was represented by Christine Minier, with the song ‘ »Les mots d’amour n’ont pas de dimanche« , at the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 May in Brussels. Broadcaster Antenne 2 chose the song via a broadcast national final, which would prove to be the last French national final until 1999. At the time of her victory Minier was not a professional singer, nor did she subsequently launch a professional career.

Final

The national final was held on 4 April, hosted by Marie-Ange Nardi and Patrick Simpson. Ten songs took part with the winner chosen by a panel of TV viewers who were telephoned and asked to vote on the songs.[1]

French National Final – 4 April 1987
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Jacques Payan « Vivre libre » 74 7
2 Pascale Fontenel « Bonheur ordinateur » 28 10
3 Isabelle Gautier « Ciné-climat » 29 9
4 Patrick Alès « À tout vent » 137 3
5 Cathy Solo « Manolito » 58 8
6 Christine Minier « Les mots d’amour n’ont pas de dimanche«  163 1
7 Pascal Tafuri « Délit de fuite » 110 6
8 Marilyne & Marina « Marilyne et Marina » 150 2
9 Joël Barret « La clef du temps » 126 5
10 Damien Natangelo « Vivre pour aimer » 127 4

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Minier performed 15th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Germany. « Les mots d’amour n’ont pas de dimanche » was a standard Eurovision ballad of its time. Attention focussed on Minier’s reportedly very expensive, but oddly designed, pink and orange stage outfit, which she later conceded looked garish and unflattering on screen. At the close of voting « Les mots d’amour n’ont pas de dimanche » had received 44 points (including a maximum 12 from Luxembourg), placing France 14th of the 22 entries. The French jury awarded its 12 points to the Netherlands.[2]

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