France ‘threatening to boycott Eurovision’ over Israeli TV show

A screenshot from Douze Points, which has reportedly led France to threaten a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel

France has reportedly threatened to boycott Eurovision 2019 over an Israeli TV programme which shows a French contestant being coerced into terrorism.

France Télévisions has told the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation it is prepared to withdraw from this year’s event over as-yet-unaired comedy Douze Points, according to Israeli news site Ynet.

The satire, which is set to be screened at some point in May on public TV station KAN, shows French ISIS agents blackmailing France’s Eurovision contestant into carrying out an attack on the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, The Jerusalem Post newspaper has reported.

Watch the trailer for Douze Points here:

The main character in Douze Points is France’s Eurovision entrant, TJ, a gay Muslim man whose family is from North Africa—just like Bilal Hassani, who last month won the honour of representing France in May.

France responds to Eurovision Douze Points controversy

Speaking to French newspaper 20 Minutes, a spokesman for France Télévisions confirmed that the show had been part of discussions with Israeli broadcasters.

He said: “No false controversy. The entire French delegation is working alongside Bilal Hassani for the Tel Aviv final on May 18th. We are in regular contact with the EBU, which exchanges with all Eurovision partners, including the KAN channel.

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