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Anggun is going to shine for France!

29 November 2011 at 14:20 CET

Earlier this morning, it was announced in the French newspaper "Le Parisien" that Anggun will be the French representative at next year's Eurovision Song Contest in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Now the news have been confirmed by the French broadcaster, France 3.

Aged 37, the singer was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and started singing at a very early age. She had her biggest hit in 1997 when Snow In The Sahara was released in more than 30 countries, including the US. She has just released her new album Echos.

For Anggun, having been selected to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest "is a gift". "I took French nationality in 2000, and I probably symbolize the France of today: a mixed country, made up of many cultures," she said.

She then went on to talk about Eurovision nowadays: "It's a big American style production which is very important in many countries. I witness it when I travel to European countries for example". About her ambitions for the contest she thinks that "secretly, we all want to win. Me, I'm going to make France shine!".

The Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Baku on the 26th of May. Back in May France finished 15th in Düsseldorf with Amaury Vassili's Sognu.  France has won the competition five times, the last of them being in 1977 with Marie Myriam's L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant.