France’s finance minister Christine Lagarde has told French football legend Eric Cantona to stick to the beautiful game and stay clear of economics.
In a filmed interview on YouTube last month, the former striker, said millions of people should start a revolution by pulling their money from banks.
Responding to Cantona’s call, Largarde said:’‘Everyone has their job….there are those who play football brilliantly, I wouldn’t risk that….I think each person should stick to their own speciality.’‘
The video hit has prompted unease in an already jittery banking system, particularly in France, that a mass exodus of capital could lead to another credit crunch.
The former Manchester United star’s rallying cry has already been taken up by a number of groups on the social networking website Facebook, attracting thousands of followers.
The interview, invokes the calling card of notorious French bank robber Albert Spaggiari, who made off with millions of francs in 1976 after tunnelling his way into a branch of Societe Generale.
‘‘No weapons, no blood,’‘ Cantona says, ‘‘just like Spaggiari.’‘