France in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968

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Eurovision Song Contest 1968
Country France
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selected entrantIsabelle Aubret
Selected song"La Source"
Finals performance
Final result3rd, 20 points
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1967 1968 1969►

France was represented by their 1962 Eurovision Song Contest winner Isabelle Aubret, with the song '"La Source", at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 April in London. The song was chosen internally by broadcaster ORTF.

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Aubret performed 10th in the running order, following Finland and preceding Italy. "La Source" was a deceptively gentle-sounding song with a much-praised lilting musical arrangement which, to non-French speakers, hid lyrics often said to deal with the darkest subject matter – rape and murder – ever heard in a Eurovision song.[1] In the early voting Aubret appeared to be on course to become the first performer to score two Eurovision victories, as after six juries had voted "La Source" held a seemingly commanding lead of 17 points over the United Kingdom on 10. Then the song suffered one of Eurovision's more spectacular voting collapses, gaining only 3 more points from the remaining ten juries – and none at all from the final six – to finish the evening in third place with 20 points. The French jury awarded 4 points apiece to eventual contest winners Spain and runners-up the United Kingdom.[2]

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