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    Eric Cantona announces bid for French presidency

    Eric Cantona, the former Manchester United striker, has said he wants to run in this year's presidential election in France and is trying to gather the signatures needed to do so.

    Eric Cantona has asked French mayors to back his bid for President of the Republic Photo: AFP/GETTY

    10:27PM GMT 09 Jan 2012


    The footballer, who would need the backing of 500 elected officials by the end of February to run, has sent a letter to French mayors describing himself as an "engaged citizen" and asking for their support.

    "This engagement obliges 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 denounced the limited opportunities for young people in France and social injustices which were "too numerous, too violent, too systematic", the newspaper said.

    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.

    Even if Cantona were able to get 500 signatures, a difficult task without the backing of a party, he would have virtually no chance of reaching the second round as an individual outsider.

    It is not the first time Cantona, who earned large sums as a footballer from sponsorship by brands like L'Oreal and Nike, has tried to draw public attention to social inequality.
    In December 2010, he called on French savers to stage a nationwide bank run by withdrawing their money from financial institutions because of their role in triggering the global financial crisis. Panned by the media as a flop, almost no one in France heeded the call.
    Cantona was convicted of assault and suspended from playing for four months in January 1995 after launching a "kung fu" kick on a spectator after being sent off. In a press conference later, he said only: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

    Eric Cantona announces bid for French presidency - Telegraph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post

    "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

    Fook me thats deep.

    Maybe we can have John Terry as prime minister as well . Might have a bit of trouble getting votes from ethnic minorities though.

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    Perfect man for the job.


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    It's weird that these days people who have built their fame by singing songs, playing in films and earned their living by pushing a ball with their feet are seen by the media as people with authority to speak on all political and social problems.

    When in fact they spent most of their time partying, drinking and taking drugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallalai View Post
    It's weird that these days people who have built their fame by singing songs, playing in films and earned their living by pushing a ball with their feet are seen by the media as people with authority to speak on all political and social problems.

    When in fact they spent most of their time partying, drinking and taking drugs.
    Yea....just look at Berlusconi for example !




    Except in his case ....... his limited musical career never amounted to much although he did write AC Milans Anthem.

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    He'll have to go a rape a hotel maid in New York if he wants to establish his credentials.


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    The trend towards movie stars and other entertainers being elected president etc got going in the good old USA, where razmataz and jingoisms hold sway over reason and logic.

    We used to laugh at America years ago when firstly Nixon, an ex movie star and then Reagan, another ex movie star, became presidents of USA.
    The prediction was that soon, Donald Duck, Snoopy and Mickey Mouse would also be elected by the unthinking mass of middle Americans.
    So far, they failed, probably due to the death of Walt Disney.

    Not to be thwarted, however, Arnold Shwartzenegger fulfilled some Americans' ideal of a political leader and man of sterling political acumen.

    Italy went off down the same road and elected Berlusconi, a failed musician and Pakistan now wants Khan, an ex cricket star in as president.

    Now France has taken the steps down that road of delusion and is contemplating electing an ex football star to take the reins of power.

    What is it about the world we're living in now, that folk want political guides and mentors who obviously have not got any intellect to speak of, but who have a glitzy image of some sort.

    Is it that all powerful yet elusive Charisma that seem to exude from some public figures?
    Or is it the charisma itself is overwhelming the mental acuity of the masses?
    Whichever, a healthy dose of brain cells are obviously necessary to be smart, and I doubt that there is sufficient in any of these new style "leaders" to enable them to think past their penises, judging by past performances.

    Bush Jr. got in as the son of Bush Snr, his only claim to fame, but, his Daddy was charismatic enough to make the people of America vote for his son.
    Bush "Dubia", when quizzed as to his academic qualifications said "Cs get degrees.", as though intelligence mattered not one iota in politics.

    Obama's running mate Joe Bidden, when asked to explain a ticklish point, and unable to referred the question to Obama, because, as he stated, "He's the brains."

    Obama has about much intellectual reasoning ability as a wannabee.
    When offered a free solar installation on his Chicago home a year or so into his presidency, his declined the offer because "the technology has not been proven yet."

    Brains.
    Something the man obviously is in short supply of, judging by his track record.
    Cunning, definitely.
    Smart, as a rat in a drain pipe.
    A callous and blatant liar, most obviously.

    But the people elected him on a charismatic PC ticket, an image thing again.
    The same goes for all the above mentioned "leaders".

    The only man I can say who was a public media "star" elected into political leadership, that actually did have brains, was Vaclav Havel, a poet, who emerged from jail tp become the loved liberator of Czechoslovakia, allowing the Czech and Slovenian people their own separate independence, thus creating peace in both states.
    A thinker, like Solzhenitsyn, or Gorbachev, another true liberator of the people.

    Is it too much these days to expect such a thinker to achieve leadership?

    Are we forever doomed to be led by financiers, chemists, and shady lawyers or oil men and media moguls?

    Going by the current crop of presidential wannabees, we are.

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    Yingfuck got there for her brains and err umm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    We used to laugh at America years ago when firstly Nixon, an ex movie star and then Reagan, another ex movie star, became presidents of USA.
    Nixon an ex movie star? WTF?!

    What was he in then, Donkey Love III: The Donkey's Revenge?


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    ^^^
    She's got some err um, allright.

    Must be that elusive charisma.

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    must have meant david.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    All of them are after he died.

    Good grief.

    Although he was once in an amateur dramatic performance of "The Dark Tower" you must have meant that ;-)

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    They'll have to behave in his cabinet , or they will soon get a flying kick into touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    All of them are after he died.

    Good grief.

    Although he was once in an amateur dramatic performance of "The Dark Tower" you must have meant that ;-)
    Thanks, I did, but posted the wrong link.

    Here is the link to Nixon's acting experience,

    Pat Nixon, Former First Lady, Dies at 81 - Obituary; Biography - NYTimes.com

    Nixon met his wife Pat at an audition for the play in 1938.
    Both won parts in the drama produced by the Whittier Community Players.

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    When you look at your average politician, his Oxford or Harvard education, his Billion $ holdings why not a guy who can kick a footy like Cantona.

    Can they be any worse. Boby Charleton for King!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid View Post
    must have meant david.
    Unless he knows something about Cynthia that we don't.




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    Kenneth Williams in drag.

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    Eric Cantona French presidency bid draws nervous reaction across divide

    The prospect of Eric Cantona launching a bid for the French presidency drew a nervous reaction from campaign strategists across the divide even though it transpired his ambitions were limited to helping the homeless.


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    Actor Eric Cantona attends the 'Looking For Eric' Photocall held at the Palais des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images



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    By Henry Samuel, Paris

    6:40PM GMT 10 Jan 2012



    The prospect of Cantona launching a bid for French presidency was heralded by a report in the French daily Libération claiming intended to take on Nicolas Sarkozy and other top contenders.

    But associates of the man called King Eric by Manchester United fans, said he did not harbour ambitions to replace Mr Sarkozy at the Elysée palace.

    Instead, Cantona has sought 500 signatures from French mayors – a requirement for any candidate to stand in April's election – to promote awareness of the country's poorly housed on behalf of the Abbé-Pierre Foundation, a charity of which he is a patron.

    The charity wants candidates to pledge to build 500,000 new social homes per year for five years and hopes Cantona's intitiative will pile more pressure on them to do so.

    "He will indeed seek 500 signatures, not for the election but so that housing is a priority (among candidates)," said Patrick Doutreligne of the charity.

    "You need a spur like Cantona to give housing the place it deserves in this campaign," he said.
    The signatures would send a "message of truth and respect" to the "millions of families whose daily suffering is forgotten and who the state has left behind," he told French mayors in a letter.
    "If I've chosen housing, it's because I think it's essential and affects 10 million people," Cantona told Libération.
    Less of a household name in France than in Britain, "Eric the Red" entered the political fray back home in 2010 with an unsuccessful campaign to get the French to take all their money out of the bank in protest at casino capitalism.
    His latest foray received a wary response from France's political class. "If every time you have a great cause to defend you have to become a presidential candidate, you risk diverting the role and the institution," said Michel Sapin, a spokesman for Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande.
    Junior housing minister Benoist Apparu acknowledged the need for improved housing, but insisted the number of French affected was closer to 3.5 million that the Cantona estimate.
    But leftist presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon urged Cantona to go all the way, saying: "An election is a great moment of democracy. Why wouldn't he get his 500 signatures?"


    Eric Cantona French presidency bid draws nervous reaction across divide - Telegraph

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    Fook me, I thought this thread was a piss take....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallalai View Post
    It's weird that these days people who have built their fame by singing songs, playing in films and earned their living by pushing a ball with their feet are seen by the media as people with authority to speak on all political and social problems.
    Like Ron?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wallalai View Post
    It's weird that these days people who have built their fame by singing songs, playing in films and earned their living by pushing a ball with their feet are seen by the media as people with authority to speak on all political and social problems.
    Like Ron?



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    Mind you, she's been an MP for 20 years.


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