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This is a list of French television related events from 1961.
- 18 February - Jean-Paul Mauric is selected to represent France at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Printemps, avril carillonne". He is selected to be the sixth French Eurovision entry during a national final.
- 18 March - The 6th Eurovision Song Contest is held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes. Luxembourg wins the contest with the song "Nous les amoureux" performed by Jean-Claude Pascal.
- 13 December - Les Coulisses de l'exploit (1961-1972)
- Le Jour du Seigneur (1949–present)
- Magazine féminin (1952-1970)
- Lectures pour tous (1953-1968)
- La Piste aux étoiles (1956-1978)
- Voyage sans passeport (1957-1969)
- La Tête et les Jambes (1960-1978)
- Le Club du jeudi (1950-1961)
- 2 April - Marie-Ange Nardi, television presenter
- 5 December - Annie Pujol, television presenter
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