Un jour, un enfant

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France "Un jour, un enfant"
Frida Boccara - Un jour, un enfant.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1969 entry
Country France
Artist(s) Frida Boccara
Language French
Composer(s) Emil Stern
Lyricist(s) Eddy Marnay
Conductor Franck Pourcel
Finals performance
Final result 1st
Final points 18
Appearance chronology
◄ "La source" (1968)   
"Marie-Blanche" (1970) ►

"Un jour, un enfant" ("A Day, a Child") is one of four winning songs in the Eurovision Song Contest 1969, this one being sung in French by Frida Boccara representing France. The other three winners were Salomé representing Spain with "Vivo cantando", Lulu representing the United Kingdom with "Boom Bang-a-Bang" and Lenny Kuhr representing the Netherlands with "De troubadour".

The song was performed fourteenth on the night, following Germany's Siw Malmkvist with "Primaballerina" and preceding Portugal's Simone de Oliveira with "Desfolhada portuguesa". At the close of voting, it had received 18 points, placing equal first in a field of 16.

The song is a classical ballad, describing the wonders of the world as seen by a child. Boccara recorded the song in five languages, French, English (as "Through the Eyes of a Child"), German ("Es schlägt ein Herz für dich", translated: "A Heart Beats for You"), Spanish ("Un día, un niño", translated: "A Day, a Child") and Italian ("Canzone di un amore perduto", translated: "Song of a Lost Love").

The song was succeeded as (joint) Contest winner in 1970 by Dana singing "All Kinds of Everything" for Ireland.

It was succeeded as French representative at the 1970 contest by Guy Bonnet with "Marie-Blanche".

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Preceded by
"La, la, la" by Massiel
Eurovision Song Contest winners
co-winner with "De troubadour" by Lenny Kuhr, "Vivo cantando" by Salomé and "Boom Bang-a-Bang" by Lulu

1969
Succeeded by
"All Kinds of Everything" by Dana