Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Eric Cantona wants to be French president

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Football legend Eric Cantona is bidding to return to the spotlight as the French president, according to shock claims in France.

The former Manchester United bad boy turned movie star has reportedly sent letters to mayors around his native France seeking their support.

Cantona, 45, would need 500 of their signatures to run but he has yet to confirm publicly that he wants Nicolas Sarkozy's job.

And his own website was today redirecting to that of a homeless charity fuelling speculation the bid is a publicity stunt.

Meanwhile, his letter has been quoted in the French press.

In it he pledges to represent "the millions of families who have been forgotten" and condemns France's lack of opportunities for young people.

He adds: "I am a committed citizen.

"This commitment obliges me to speak up, more seriously than usual, but also with a keen sense of my responsibility at a time when our country is faced with difficult choices which will be decisive for its future."

The first round of the country's presidential race begins in late April with the winner announced in May.

Cantona, who became a movie star in Looking for Eric in 2009, would be a controversial choice for some.

In 1995, Cantona was convicted of assault and banned from playing for four months after launching a "kung fu" kick on a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park.

Then in 2010 he appeared to call on French citizens to bring down the banks by withdrawing all their money.

The Sun

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