Damiano David, the extravagant singer of Italian rockers Måneskin, agreed to take a drug test after video footage appeared to show him sniffing something on a table backstage at Saturday’s contest.
“I think there should be no doubt here, and full transparency,” Europe Minister Clément Beaune, who attended the Rotterdam show, told RMC radio.
“If there is a problem, there are sanctions… Arrangements are made for sanctioning measures, including possible disqualification if there is a problem,” he said.
French hopes were high on singer Barbara Pravi, who was bookies favorite to end the 44-year Eurovision drought in France with her moody ballad. Voila.
But it was overtaken at the last minute by a wave of public votes for Måneskin, with a final total of 524 to 499 for Pravi.
“I don’t want to be a sore loser,” Beaune said, but “in terms of image we can’t let people think that such competitions can lead to such behavior”.
The chairman of the French public broadcasting group, however, said on Monday that France would not contest its second place regardless of speculation about David’s antics behind the scenes.
Frenchwoman Barbara Pravi performs in the final of the 65th edition of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
“France has absolutely no intention of appealing,” said Delphine Ernotte, head of France Televisions at the Parisian journal.
“The vote was clearly in Italy’s favor – he didn’t steal their victory and that’s what matters,” she said.
Pravi herself said she was not interested in speculation.
“What is true is that they were chosen by both the audience and the jury.
Afterwards, if they consume drugs or put their underwear inside out or whatever… that’s not my problem, ”she said on France 2 television on Sunday.