So, you’ve thought you’ve heard everything, huh? You haven’t. Eric “The King” Cantona wishes to be the next President of France. No, really…I’m not making this up. The former-Man United striker, who once called on people to empty their bank accounts in protest at the global financial crisis, has already written to mayors requesting that they nominate him for the contest to be held on 22 April. He needs 500 signatures.
The French newspaper Libération published a copy of the letter Cantona sent to mayors around France on its website. In it he vows to fight against social inequality if he becomes France’s next President. “I am a committed citizen,” the 45-year old wrote. “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 for its future”. Ooh.
Cantona was one of Man United’s most famous players, not only for his wonderful display of exceptional skills, but also for his unpredictable behaviour. In 1995, he famously kung-fu kicked a Crystal Palace supporter following his dismissal from the match. In a press conference later about the incident, all he said was: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea”. Allez Monsieur le Président!