Les jardins de Monaco

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Monaco "Les jardins de Monaco"
Eurovision Song Contest 1978 entry
Country Monaco
Artist(s) Caline & Olivier Toussaint
Language French
Composer(s) Paul de Senneville,
Olivier Toussaint
Lyricist(s) Jean Albertini,
Didier Barbelivien
Conductor Yvon Rioland
Finals performance
Final result 4th
Final points 107
Appearance chronology
◄ "Une petite française" (1977)   
"Notre vie c'est la musique" (1979) ►

"Les jardins de Monaco" ("The Gardens of Monaco") was the Monegasque entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978, performed in French by French duo Caline & Olivier Toussaint.

This was Toussaint's second consecutive entry for the principality of Monaco; in 1977 he and his longtime collaborator Paul de Senneville had composed Michèle Torr's "Une petite française".

"Les jardins de Monaco" is a mid-tempo disco duet, with the singers recalling their innocent childhoods in the titular "gardens of Monaco" and singing about the famous people who could have kept assignations there; Greta Garbo, Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim or even Romeo and Juliet. One of the other famous people listed is Charlie Chaplin, himself the subject of the next song performed at that Contest. Caline and Toussaint also recorded the song in English and German, as "The Garden of Monaco" and "Auf Wiederseh'n in Monaco" respectively.

The song was performed fourteenth on the night, following Germany's Ireen Sheer with "Feuer" and preceding Greece's Tania Tsanaklidou with "Charlie Chaplin". At the close of voting, it had received 107 points, placing 4th in a field of 20.

It was succeeded as Monegasque representative at the 1979 contest by Laurent Vaguener with "Notre vie c'est la musique".

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