Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Who could ask for anything more?

Eric Cantona has announced that he will be running for the French Presidency. He has a way to go as he needs "the backing of 500 elected officials by the end of February to run". His intention is to highlight the housing crisis in France, which, presumably means that he is hoping to take votes from the Socialists. On the other hand, he is something of a celebrity and can compete with Mme Sarkozy though he has not given birth recently to anything.

UPDATE: Doubt is being cast on the story by a sports news website:
But the newspaper's [Liberation] deputy editor Paul Quinio told a French TV channel that it was all a move to publicise the French housing crisis, which affects 10 million people in the country. "He isn't looking for signatures to be a candidate for the presidency, but to pass on the message of the Abbé Pierre foundation in support of better housing policy, and to make housing, which is a priority for French people, a priority for the presidential candidates," said Quinio.
Oh I do hope not. The idea of Cantona as a presidential hopeful in France is too delightful to abandon.


  1. The only Frenchman with an even more puffed out chest and an even greater Cockerel strut than the current incumbent, Napoleon Sarkozy. Just the man for the job.

  2. I agree. If he stands he may well win. Just look at the rest of them.