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France hasn't won the Eurovision Song Contest since 1977,when Marie Myriam moved the audience with her song “L’oiseau et l'enfant”. Nobody has been able to renew that performance in 38 years, even though France has tried extremely hard to seduce the members of the jury. The country has sent some of its biggest stars to the contest like Patricia Kaas or Natasha Saint Pier, who actually got pretty good results.

Last year, France was completely humiliated when it finished last, with only two points given by its European neighbors. Surprisingly, nobody seemed to enjoy the song “Moustache” by Twin Twin, about a man who really wants to grow a moustache. Some say the whole country almost went on strike, started a protest and founded a start-up on communication strategies for future musical contests.

This year, Lisa Angell will perform the song “N’oubliez pas” (Don’t Forget), full of emotion. Filmed in Normandy on the D-Day beaches, she asks us not to forget her — probably for when it's time for the final voting.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 7/10

Was there enough glitter? 3.25/10

Ok to quit your day job? 1.75/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 4/10

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