France considers “unacceptable” the “pressure on artists”

France considers “unacceptable” the “pressure on artists”
France considers “unacceptable” the “pressure on artists”

By Le Figaro with AFP

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The French Minister for Europe, Jean-Noël Barrot, on May 7 at the National Assembly.
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“At a time when freedom of creation is threatened throughout the world, Europe must continue to defend, loud and clear, this essential principle of democracy,” underlined the French Minister for Europe, Jean-Noël Beam.

“Politics has no place at Eurovision”said Friday the French Minister for Europe, Jean-Noël Barrot, who judges “unacceptable” THE “pressure on artists” called for a boycott against Israel during Saturday’s Eurovision final.

Israel qualified for the finals of the European Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden, on Thursday evening after nearly 12,000 people demonstrated in the city against Israel’s participation. The country is represented by Eden Golan, 20, and Israeli public broadcaster KAN, with the song Hurricane. The organizers of Eurovision had not validated his first song October rainwidely seen as an overly political reference to the bloody attack by the Islamist group Hamas in Israel on October 7, which sparked the deadly war in Gaza.

Apolitical competition

Eurovision regulations provide that the competition remains apolitical: “All participating broadcasters (…) must ensure that the Eurovision Song Contest is in no way politicized and/or instrumentalized and/or discredited in any way.”. Israel has joined the group of 26 countries which will compete on Saturday to succeed Sweden as winner of this competition, which was followed in 2023 by 162 million viewers. According to the French minister, interviewed by the daily Release, “the pressures on artists are unacceptable”. “At a time when creative freedom is under threat around the world, Europe must continue to defend, loud and clear, this essential principle of democracy”he stressed.

“In the particular case of Eurovision, these pressures are contrary to the spirit of the competition, whose motto is “United by music” and which aims to bring together the people of Europe, and beyond, around artistic creation, singing. This is what must remain at the heart of the competition., he insists. Jean-Noël Barrot believes that the “competition plays an important role in perpetually strengthening the feeling of belonging to a common culture. It makes it possible to bring together Europeans through music, beyond language barriers (…) and to (make them) discover the best of European culture (…) It is a precious asset that must be preserved”he concludes.

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