The French government was forced to respond to Cantona’s calls for a mass run on the nation’s banks tomorrow – the date coincinding with his famous number seven football shirt.
The enigmatic former Manchester United forward said: “We have to change the way we do things nowadays. Talking of revolution, I don’t mean we are going to pick up guns and go out to kill people. Revolution is very simple to do nowadays.
“What’s the system? The system revolves around banks. The system is built on the banks’ power. So it can be destroyed by the banks. Instead of having three million people going out to demonstrate with a placard, those three million people go to their bank branch, they withdraw their money and the banks crumble.
“You go to your bank in your village and you withdraw your money.”
French finance minister Christine Lagarde responded with the pithy: “There are those who play football magnificently, I wouldn't dare to try. I think it's best for everyone to stick to their own speciality.”