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Cantona's plans to make a run on Europe's banks falls flat

Wed 8th Dec 2010 | Money & Finance

Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona’s plans to orchestrate a run on the banks, in order to collapse Europe’s ‘corrupt, criminal’ financial system has not been the the success that was hoped.

Cantona had set out his plans for Bankrun2010 in a YouTube video, urging three million people to go to the bank, withdraw their cash and watch all manner of fiscal hell break loose describing the plan as ‘a real threat, there's a real revolution’.

But, it seems as though the plan has been a monumental failure with only a few of Cantona's French fans seeming to have heeded his call.

According to France's AFP news agency around 40,000 supporters in France signed up to support his campaign, and it's not known how many actually carried out the act.  

It’s understood Cantona himself informed a branch of BNP Paribas in the northern town of Albert that he intended to make a withdrawal of ‘more than 1,500 euros’.

Bankrun2010 rankled members of the EU, several of whom critised the former football. The French Banking Federation dubbed his Bankrun 2010 ‘stupid in every sense’. Meanwhile Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers and PM of Luxembourg, said the idea was ‘totally irresponsible’. In Belgium, the head of the country's central bank said Cantona was ‘a better footballer than he is an economist’.

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