It often feels like a duty to report on France's Eurovision Song Contest involvement. Despite its high profile, it reflects little of what's actually going on in French music, and as a showcase for talent it leaves most international viewers with the impression that things haven't really moved on since the Eurotrash 80s and that Anglo pop remains the measure by which contemporary music from other countries is compared and found wanting.
So a bit of a surprise that France chose a song this year that isn't actually too bad. This year's representative is the song Mercy, performed by Madame Monsieur, a duo of Emilie and Jean-Karl.
The song speaks about the European migrant crisis, a first person tale of one child born in the midst of it, and the volunteers who help. It's a positive song that doesn't shy away from a difficult contemporary issue.
In an interview the performers said it wasn't a political lesson, they made clear their attitude wasn't about politics but about humanity. They worked with volunteers from SOS Méditerranée in creating the song.
It will be interesting to see how it stands up in the contest. France as always will be automatically in the final round of the competition.
Eurovision 2018 is held in May in Lisbon.