France in the Eurovision Song Contest 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.

Eurovision Song Contest 1973
Country France
National selection
Selection processNational Final
Selection date(s)6 March 1973
Selected entrantMartine Clemenceau
Selected song"Sans toi"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result15th, 65 points
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

National finalEdit

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]

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 EurovisionEdit

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][3] Finished tied second-last was the nearest to last result for France from 1956 to 1997.



  1. ^ ESC National Finals database 1973
  2. ^ "Final of Luxembourg 1973". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ ESC History - France 1973
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Luxembourg 1973". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.