10 Jan '12, 4am
Ooh aah Cantona: Former Man Utd striker Eric Cantona seeking support for French presidential election run
PARIS (AP) - Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona is trying to gather enough support to enable him to run in this year's French presidential election, according to a newspaper report on Monday. Cantona, who once called on people to empty their bank accounts in protest at the global financial crisis, has reportedly written to the mayors of France seeking their backing. The 45-year-old Cantona, who is considered one of United's greatest ever players, needs the signatures of 500 elected officials before the end of next month to run. Newspaper Liberation printed a copy of the letter Cantona sent to mayors around France on its website Monday. In it, Cantona pledges to fight against social inequality if given the chance to do so.