France has decided to not have a national final this year, but chose their 2023 representative internally, and today it became known that La Zarra will defend the French colours in Liverpool (United Kingdom). This announcement was done by France Télévisions in their headquarters in Paris.
La Zarra about the announcement
La Zarra said about the announcement:
“I am very proud to have the chance to perform my song in front of millions of viewers around the world. I am a great admirer of the most beautiful French voices such as Edith Piaf, Barbara, Dalida, but also Céline Dion, and I am so excited to make all Europeans discover my song which I hope will become theirs. I am very honored to represent France at Eurovision, the most iconic song contest in the world.”
The Head of the French Delegation, Alexandra Redde-Amiel, said about the announcement by stating the following:
“From our first meeting, La Zarra won us over! What an honour to welcome this great artist in the Eurovision family! Mysterious, inspiring, charismatic, La Zarra is a woman and a modern artist with a chic French signature! A voice that transports us through time by making us travel to different eras. From Barbara through Brel or Dalida to Marylin Monroe, La Zarra is an iconic artist who will carry the colors of France in Liverpool in May 2023 during the largest song contest in the world.”
About La Zarra
The full name of “La Zarra” is Fatima Zahra Hafdi. La Zarra was born in Montréal (Canada) to Moroccan parents. In 2016 La Zarra could be heard first on the song “Printemps Blanc” by rapper Niro. In 2021 La Zarra released her own debut single, “Tu t’en iras” (You’ll go away). 2021 was also the year that La Zarra was nominated for the Francophone Revelation of the Year Prize during the NRJ Awards.
La Zarra’s song for Liverpool will be released on a later date.
In the Eurovision Song Contest of 2022 France was represented by Alvan & Ahez. Since France is one of the Big Five countries, so this country does not have to compete in the Semi-finals. In the Grand Final of 2022 France ended in 24th place (of 25).