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Eric Cantona wants to run in this year's French presidential election, according to reports in the French media.
The former footballer is said to be trying to gather the signatures necessary to do so. He would need the support of 500 elected officials by the end of February if he was to run.
The Libération newspaper said Cantona has sent a letter to French mayors asking for their backing, in which he describes himself as an “engaged citizen” and denounces the limited opportunities for young people in France.
Election candidates will compete in a first round in late April, with the two gaining the most votes going through to a second round in early May.
Socialist candidate Francois Hollande is leading current president Nicolas Sarkozy in the polls at the moment.
It’s believed that getting 500 signatures without the backing of a party would be difficult for Cantona and even if he did get them he would have an extremely slim chance of reaching the second round as an individual outsider.