Tuesday 12 December 2017

Football loco: French revolutionaries bank on Cantona making a stand

Eric Cantona, the legendary footballer turned actor, occasional philosopher and now economist, has caused a stir in France with his call for an economic revolution.

Never shy to put his two size-nines in someone else's business, or chest, the former Manchester United star called on millions of his compatriots to withdraw their money from French banks in an interview that has since become a YouTube hit.

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde told Cantona this week to stick to football not finance.

"Mr Cantona is no stranger to controversy. He is a great footballer, but I'm not sure we need to pay heed to all his suggestions," said Lagarde.

"There are those who play football magnificently, and I would not dare to try. I think it's best for everyone to stick to their own speciality."

Conscious of the excitement generated by what he called his "revolution without weapons or blood", Cantona addressed the matter once more recently: "I have noticed, like everyone else, this strange solidarity that is in the process of emerging, so, yes, on December 7, I will be at the bank."

'Football Loco' will be waiting with baited breath to see if Cantona puts his money where his mouth is next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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