France – According to reports in France Ouest, France Télévisions (the French National broadcaster) is to televise its selection process as part of this year’s selection of its Eurovision representative. The French Canadian singer, Garou (Pierre Garand), will host a three-day show in January 2018 where the winner will be chosen by a jury and televotes.
The first 2 shows will start with 15 acts and will be pre-recorded and a jury will put through the best acts for a jury / televote in the live grand final on the third day. A song will be composed for the winner at a later date.
France Télévisions opened submissions back in June. You can enter HERE. There can not be more than 4 authors / composers and the song must contain at least 70% of lyrics in French.
France has not won the contest since 1977 with Marie Myriam. Since 1998, when the televoting was invented, France has almost always been in the bottom-10 countries in the final, coming 18th (2003 and 2008), 19th (1999), 22nd (2006, 2007 and 2012), 23rd (2000, 2005 and 2013), 24th (1998) and 25th (2015). The last time France had a national selection, the French public picked Twin Twin (2014) who finished bottom with only 2 points.