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Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona has joined the New York Cosmos as their new director of soccer.

The day Eric Cantona failed to bring down the French banks

Eric Cantona, previously famous mostly for football and sardines, yesterday helped to spawn a giant red herring.

Banks braced as King Eric's day of reckoning arrives

The world's banks will collapse tomorrow when millions of people withdraw their money simultaneously to "destroy" the system. Or maybe not.

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Alain Corneau: Versatile film director who forged his reputation with a string of successful adaptations from novels

The French director Alain Corneau made 16 films in a variety of genres, from Série Noire, the bleak, sordid 1979 drama that featured a compelling performance by Patrick Dewaere as a door to door salesman looking for redemption in the wrong places, to Crime D'Amour [Love Crime], the psychological thriller starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier, which opened in French cinemas to critical acclaim a fortnight before his death from lung cancer. "He was a cinema great," Scott Thomas said, "an absolutely adorable, funny and sharp-witted man."

Leading article: Love and hate

The French are known for their unfathomable statements, as football fans will remember from Eric Cantona's musings about seagulls and trawlers. But we Anglo-Saxons had always assumed that the problem was one of cultural translation. We didn't know what they were going on about, but we assumed that they did. Well now we know otherwise. The incomprehension is more than mutual; it exists between compatriots too. How else can we explain the chasm of understanding between Gérard Depardieu and Juliette Binoche? Last month the actor lashed out in an interview saying the actress was a performer who "has nothing, absolutely nothing". Now Mme Binoche, usually known for her sweetness on and off screen, has suggested M. Depardieu might be suffering from psychological problems.

You'll never play for England!: Meet the weekend warriors who represent the true spirit of football

The football is muddy, inelegant and occasionally bleak, but for the parishioners who flock there on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Hackney Marshes offers a game more beautiful than anything played out on high-definition television. In an age when a player can cost £80m and earn £200,000 a week, and when broadcasters pay billions for television rights, public pitches all over the country have become the spiritual home for a sport that has done its best to outgrow its roots.

First Eric Cantona, now Audrey Tautou takes to the stage

French actors are migrating from the cinema as Parisian theatres recover from crisis-deflated 2009

Sport on TV: Green grabs all the best lines as his fishing boat comes in

Once upon a time, actors used to act and sportsmen played sport. We knew where we were. Very occasionally, as in the case of C Aubrey Smith, who captained England at cricket (once) before tucking his bat under his arm and heading off to Hollywood, appearing in such classics as 'Rebecca' and 'The Prisoner of Zenda', someone jumped the dividing line, but that was very much the exception.

I'm a true Bleu, says Trinh-Duc

Have France finally found their on-field leader? James Corrigan on the man who could make the difference between good and great

King Eric falls flat on his back as stage debut dribbles away

First Night Review: Face Au Paradis, Théâtre Marigny, Paris

From goals to roles: Sports stars who turned to acting

Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona is currently appearing on the theatre stage in Paris.

John Walsh: 'Taboo word? It depends on whether you mean the human bits, or rubbish'

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'United have done great things of late. We haven't'

Leeds manager Grayson under no illusions as his side aim to cause FA Cup upset

From goals to roles, Ferdinand and Cole turn movie producers

The film Dead Man Running, executively produced by Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole, was given a first screening last night.

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