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Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona has plans to run for French president - but he faces an uphill contest.

The ex-footballer, who needs to persuade 500 elected officials to back his bid in order to run, has reportedly sent a letter to mayors across France asking for their support and describing himself as "an engaged citizen".

Cantona, 45, is pledging to represent "the millions of families who have been forgotten", according to a copy of the letter printed by French daily newspaper Liberation.

The retired footballer hopes to push Nicolas Sarkozy out of the Elysee Palace

"This commitment obliges me to speak up, more seriously than usual, but also with a keen sense of my responsibility, at a time when our country is faced with difficult choices for its future."

Cantona has a lot to do if he genuinely wants to compete in the race, which begins with a first round in late April.

The two biggest vote-winners will go through to a decisive second round in early May. Socialist candidate Francois Hollande is currently leading President Nicolas Sarkozy in the polls.

Cantona has attempted to draw attention to social inequality before. In 2010 he called on French savers to bring down the banks by withdrawing all their money. In the event few did.

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So what do people think of his chances ..zero or less ?

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Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona has admitted his plan to run for French president was actually a publicity stunt designed to get better housing for the poor

bugger means I'll have to find some other reason to laugh at the French ... lets see what page 2989890 of my anti french book has to suggest

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