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Eric Cantona 'targets French presidential race'

Ex-Manchester United football star and film actor Eric Cantona now appears to have turned his hand to politics.

He has written to France's elected mayors seeking 500 signatures needed to stand for the 2012 presidential vote, according to Liberation newspaper.

His goal is not the Elysee Palace, he says, but rather to highlight the plight of poor quality housing.

In his letter he calls himself as an "engaged citizen", speaking up for millions of forgotten families.

Christian Fraser reports.

  • 10 Jan 2012
  • From the section Europe