French Eurovision Entry Sparks Controversy

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France's Eurovision Song Contest entry has sparked controversy - because performer Sebastien Tellier's song is written in English.
The singer's track, Divine, is written in English and not his native tongue, which has angered politicians in France ahead of the annual competition featuring countries in Europe compete in a musical contest.
Politician Francois-Michel Gonnot says, "Our fellow citizens don't understand why France is giving up defending its language in front of hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world."
But Marc Teissier du Cros, Tellier's producer, insists, "Sebastien Tellier sings in English, French and even in Italian according to his inspiration. This year, half the Eurovision candidates are singing in English and I don't think that singing in French is the best way to make oneself understood by the whole world."
The contest takes place in Belgrade, Serbia on 24 May (08).


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