Media Release: Sportswriters, Philippe Auclair and Patrick Barclay, to talk about Eric Cantona

FRENCH Britain correspondent, Philippe Auclair, and the Scottish sportswriter, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Barclay, are discussing the career of football legend Eric Cantona on Thursday 15 March, as part of the series of talks ‘La Tête et les Jambes’ (Head and Legs) initiated by the Institut français d’Ecosse to celebrate the Britain Olympic year.

For the third event of the series, ‘La Tête et les Jambes’, Philippe Auclair, England correspondent of France Football and RMC and regular contributor to Champions and The Blizzard, is in conversation with Patrick ‘Paddy’ Barclay, Scottish sportswriter and contributor to London Evening Standard and Sunday Supplement, on March 15th.

Their discussion will focus on football legend Eric Cantona. For this deeply compelling figure, more than for anyone else, the sportsman role has never been limited to exploits on the football pitches.

Often described as ‘bigger than life’, Cantona has been famous for his football exploits as much as for his strong and often unmanageable personality.

The two journalists will go over his career, his genius kicks and his coups d’eclat, to remind us all what it takes to be a champion nowadays.

Philippe Auclair is the author of Cantona’s biography, Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King (Macmillan, 2009).

Patrick Barclay published Football – Bloody Hell ! (Yellow Jersey, 2010), a biography of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Listings information

Philippe Auclair & Patrick Barclay on Eric Cantona – in English
Date: Thursday 15 March 2012, 6.00 pm
Venue: Institut français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh
Tickets: £3 (free for Institute members)
Booking and information: 0131 225 5366

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Notes to editors

About the Institut français d’Ecosse:

The Institut français d’Ecosse exists to promote French language and culture in Scotland, by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.). It is also its aim to encourage cross-cultural exchange between France and Scotland, in cooperation with Scottish Francophile institutions.

After a year of cultural exchanges between Brittany and Scotland in 2011, the Institute surfs on the Olympics wave in 2012, giving a sporting flavour to its cultural programme entitled ‘La Tête et les Jambes’.

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