Cantona added that his own grandparents' experiences as refugees played a part in this decision. Cantona played for a number of teams during his career, but it mainly remembered for the role he played in Manchester United becoming England's most successful football club. Play it now. The 49-year-old told French radio station Inter that he was partly encouraged to help refugees as his maternal grandparents were Republican refugees who fled the Franco regime in Spain, crossing the Pyrenees on foot to reach France. Man Utd - Il y a 23 ans, Éric Cantona raccrochait les crampons.
He said he intends to provide a small house, garden and food for a period of at least two years. Eric Cantona: great footballer, great guy. Cantona knows this well, having delivered one of the shortest press conferences of all time in 1995 when he told a room of bemused English journalists: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.".
He retired from professional football in 1997 and has since enjoyed an acting career on stage and in film. Damn right, Eric. 'We should all take a look in the mirror and ask how we can help,' he reportedly said, adding that a plan to distribute refugees should be voluntary, though he hoped his country could set an example.
Football Focus meets 'King Eric' Eric Cantona is one of Manchester United's most legendary players. Mark Hughes had a spare house over in the Prestbury area and we moved him there out of the way and he stayed there until he left. Speaking on France Inter radio this morning, Cantona said that he was organising the housing of migrants with the authorities in Marseille.
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", Talk is cheap. Eric Cantona to house a refugee family Eric Cantona to house and feed a family of refugees for two years. 'My maternal grandparents were Spanish Republicans who fled Franco [in the Spanish Civil War] by crossing the Pyrenees on foot,' he said. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? We are no longer accepting comments on this article. By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content. 2:16. ', Earlier this month, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila (right) told national broadcaster YLE that starting in 2016 he would offer his home in Kempele, in northern Finland, to house asylum seekers. My maternal grandparents were Spanish Republicans who fled Franco by crossing the Pyrenees on foot.
Eric Cantona: great footballer, great guy.
Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Rumours that Cantona planned to take in a refugee family spread earlier this month, when he was asked by Le Parisien newspaper if he would take people. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. 'I voted for him in 2012 but I will spoil my ballot in 2017,' said Cantona, referring to the next ballot to elect a head of state in two years' time.
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So naturally, Cantona has taken action: he is going to house a family of refugees himself. 'If you house someone who does not have the right to work, then they need to eat too,' said the enigmatic former France football captain. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. And Bob Geldof also said that he would also accommodate four refugee families in his London and Kent homes as Europe struggles comes to terms with the scale of the humanitarian crisis.
'Of course, certainly, and it would be good if the 65 million French people would all be willing to accept them,' Cantona replied.
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Man of His Word Eric Cantona Promises to House and Feed Refugee Family While UK viewers may be most familiar with him from those beer adverts where he confuses farmers with footballers, he's taken on more significant roles in his native France.
Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. The Word visits Eric Cantona's House following his 1995 Suspension from Man Utd. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Cantona also explained how his own family history had inspired his decision. Cantona is not the first high profile person to offer up their home to refugees.
Speaking of his family background, Cantona revealed that his maternal grandparents were Spanish republicans who escaped the oppressive Franco regime and fled to France, making the arduous journey across the Pyrenees mountains on foot. On 24-5-1966 Eric Cantona (nickname: King Eric) was born in Marseille, France.
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The former footballer said he was currently organising the process with authorities in Marseille, southern France. Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: [eʁik kɑ̃tona]; born 24 May 1966) is a French actor, director, producer, and former professional footballer.He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United, where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles. Manchester United legend's decision was encouraged by the fact that his grandparents were refugees, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile.
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