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France’s 2014 Eurovision Entry

May 22, 2015

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Lisa Angell: “N’oubliez Pas”

If France have been less than successful at winning Eurovision over the years, they have been supremely successful at acting as though they really don’t care at all.  Last year I seem to remember some surreal song about moustaches which satisfied the demands of an engaging weekend giggle without looking as though it was making any serious attempt at winning over the hearts and minds of Europe as a whole.  Tolerant nonchalance is the characteristic French Eurovision posture.

In fact, if I didn’t know better, I’d be thinking that France doesn’t really invest that much cultural capital in Eurovision.  It’s almost as though they feel they possess a vibrant and ongoing artistic tradition sufficient to recompense for relative failure at Eurovision.  I wonder what that feels like?

Here’s the French promo, anyhow.

The song seems to be more than just a ballad full of abstractions and to refer to a more specific and collective experience of one village’s invasion an occupation.  Whether or not this level of historical seriousness has been achieved there can be no doubt that this year the French are actually trying.  They are actually trying to win it.  This is a serious attempt to out sing the neighbours according to recognisable criteria.

We’re not to forget this village and it’s tragic fate.  And it’s belted out with a proper artsy video with a beach and everything.

I’m worried a bit for France, given the uncharacteristic seriousness with which they’re going about the quest for a Eurovision title.  If feels less like an attempt to recapture prestige than a reaction to a certain loss of prestige.

And I sort of miss those wierdos with their moustache song.

Germany’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/germanys-2015-eurovision-entry/

Italy’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/italys-2015-eurovision-entryitary/

Spain’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/spains-2015-eurovision-entry/

Switzerland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/switzerlands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Sweden’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/swedens-2015-eurovision-entry/

Slovenia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/slovenias-2015-eurovision-entry/

San Marino’s 2015 Eurovision Entry,

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/san-marinos-2015-eurovision-entry/

Portugal’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/portugals-2015-eurovision-entry/

Poland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/polands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Norway’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/norways-2015-eurovision-entry/

Montenegro’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/montenegros-2015-eurovision-entry/

Malta’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/maltas-2015-eurovision-entry/

Lithuania’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/lithuanias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Latvia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/latvias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Israel’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/israels-2015-eurovision-entry/

Ireland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/irelands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Iceland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/icelands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Czech Republic 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/czech-republics-2015-eurovision-entrya/

Cyprus’ 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/cyprus-2015-eurovision-entry/

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/azerbaijans-2015-eurovision-entry/

Serbia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/serbias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Russia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/russias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Romania’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/romanias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Netherlands’ 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/the-netherlands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Moldova’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/moldovas-2015-eurovision-entry/

Macedonia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/macedonias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Hungary’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/hungarys-2015-eurovision-entry/

Georgia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/georgias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Greece’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/greeces-2015-eurovision-entry/

Finland’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/finlands-2015-eurovision-entry/

Estonia’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/estonias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Denmark’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/denmarks-2015-eurovision-entry/

Belgium’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/belgiums-2015-eurovision-entry/

Belarus Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/belarus-2015-eurovision-entry/

Armenia’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/armenias-2015-eurovision-entry/

Albania’s Eurovision Entry

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/albanias-2015-eurovision-entry

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