THE French President Emmanuel Macron asked Stéphane Bern, the French commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, to intervene. a scandal involving the alleged use of drugs by a singer from the Italian band Måneskin. If it were proved that the then 22-year-old Damiano David had used drugs during the competition, Italy – under the theme “Zitti E Buoni” – would be rejected and the prize would be awarded second place … to France.
Stéphane Bern himself revealed the information to the BBC, which described the case as a “big, big mess”. “I got so many messages on my cell phone – even one from the President of France – that the Måneskins should be rejected. They told me, ‘You have to do something, please.'”he said, adding that Macron “always looked at Eurovision Song Contest” because it is a “very patriotic thing.”
French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, also called on Bern to intervene in the scandal. “But what could I have done? I wasn’t the host. I’m not the president of Eurovision!” he said.
After revealed pictures in which Damiano David leaned over the table apparently enjoying cocaine, Clément Beaune argued that the case should be dealt with “in full transparency”. “I don’t want to be a bad loser, but in terms of image, we can’t let people think that this competition accepts this kind of behavior,” he added.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also responded to the controversy, saying “Eurovision is responsible for ensuring the honor of the competition”.
Damiano David underwent a drug test on his own initiative, which revealed that the singer did not have any drugs in his body. The test was confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union (EUR), which organizes the festival.
Frenchman Barbara Pravi finished second in the 65th edition of Eurovision Song Contest, followed by Switzerland, Iceland and Ukraine.
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