“I am not a man, I am Cantona’.
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is plotting a stunning bid for the French presidency.
The Old Trafford favourite, who also enjoyed a spell with Leeds, needs to secure the backing of 500 elected officials by the end of February.
Cantona has written to French mayors outlining his credentials and asking for their support.
‘This engagement obliged me to speak, more earnestly than usual, but also with a keen sense of my responsibility, at a time when our country faces difficult choices which will be decisive for its future,’ said the letter.
In his letter, printed in the Liberation newspaper, Cantona expressed his strong feelings towards the social injustices experienced by the French nation, and by young people in general.
Election candidates will compete in a first round in late April, with the two biggest vote-winners going through to a decisive second round in early May.
Socialist candidate Francois Hollande is currently leading President Nicolas Sarkozy in the polls.
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So whilst Paul Scholes comes out of retirement to help Man United in their ‘time of need’ his former Old Trafford team-mate opts to take on Nicolas Sarkozy for the French presidency.
The idea of Cantona mounting a bid for high office in France may seem ludicrous but his manifesto pledge to fight for social justice may well garner support from across a swathe of the French public.
That said, the 45 year old may struggle to get the the backing he needs from elected officials, who may feel that the Marseille born footballer turned actor lacks the political background to be anything other than a gimmicky opposition.