Soccer star-turned-actor Eric Cantona has announced plans to run in this year's (12) presidential election in his native France.
The star has written a letter to the country's mayors describing himself as an "engaged citizen" and asking for their support, in an attempt to gain the necessary backing of 500 elected officials by the end of February (12).
In the letter, printed in the Liberation newspaper, he writes, "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."
Election candidates will compete in a first round in late April (12), with the two biggest vote-winners going through to a second round in early May (12).