France in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station France 3 (France Télévisions)
National selection events National Final
Participation summary
Appearances 1
First appearance 2004
Last appearance 2004
Best result 6th: 2004
Worst result 6th: 2004
External links
France’s page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
France in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004

The participation of France in the Junior Eurovision Song Contestfirst began in LillehammerNorway, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004France Télévisions a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) were responsible for the selection process of their participation. The only representative to participate for the nation was Thomas Pontier with the song “Si on voulait bien”, which finished in sixth place out of eighteen participating entries, achieving a score of seventy-eight points. France withdrew from competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, and have yet to make their return to the contest.


France has sent one French entry to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, competing in the 2004 contest with Thomas Pontier and “Si on voulait bien”.[1][2][3] Despite coming sixth, France Télévisionsdecided to withdraw from the contest after 2004, saying there was no motivation to compete and that “too much Eurovision kills Eurovision”.[4][5]

On 18 November 2015, it was revealed that the French broadcaster was interested in returning to the contest. However, they have not revealed any plans yet.[6] France 2 announced on 24 June 2015 that they had no plans to return to the contest, however the broadcaster sent a delegation to Bulgaria in order to observe the 2015 edition.[7][8]

On 13 May 2016, executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand announced at a press conference, that the EBU were in contact with broadcasters from several countries including France, so that they would participate in the 2016 contest.[9] Edoardo Grassi, the Head of Delegation for France in the Eurovision Song Contest was one of the jury members at the Maltese national selection for the 2016 Junior Eurovision, and was introduced by the hosts of the show as being the Head of Delegation for France in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.[10]


Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2004 Thomas Pontier “Si on voulait bien” French 6 78
Did not participate between 2005 and 2016

Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[11] The French broadcaster, France Télévisions, sent their own commentators to the contest in order to provide commentary in the French language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from France. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2004.

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2004 Elsa Fayer and Bruno Berberes (France 3) TBC
Did not participate between 2005 to 2016

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows France’s top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2004: