Eric Cantona arrested in London over assault

Former France international footballer Eric Cantona, known for his fiery temper on the pitch, has been arrested and cautioned by British police over an attack on a man in the upmarket district of Primrose Hill.

Eric Cantona arrested in London over assault
Eric Cantona seen here in an adverty for Kronenbourg beer. Photo: Kronenbourg /YouTube

Former Manchester United player Eric Cantona has been arrested and cautioned by police for assaulting a man in London, British media reported on Thursday.

Police said that a man in his mid-40s had been arrested and cautioned, but were unable to confirm that it was 47-year-old former France striker Cantona.

"Police were called to Regent's Park Road, NW1, at 12.55hrs (1255 GMT) on Wednesday, March 12th, following reports of an assault," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement sent to AFP.

"Officers from Camden borough attended and a man in his mid-40s was arrested on suspicion of common assault. He was taken into custody and subsequently cautioned for common assault.

"The victim, a man, did not require medical assistance at the scene."

The website of the Daily Telegraph reported that Cantona was involved in an incident at lunchtime on Wednesday in the upmarket north London district of Primrose Hill.

Cantona achieved nationwide fame in Britain as a charismatic but controversial striker with United, winning four Premier League titles and two FA Cups in his five years at the club.

He was convicted of assaulting a Crystal Palace fan during a game at Selhurst Park in January 1995 and sentenced to two weeks in prison, which was eventually reduced to 120 hours of community service.

The incident also earned him an eight-month suspension from the Football Association, in addition to a four-month ban imposed by United.

After retiring in 1997 he became an actor and is often seen in advertisements on British television.

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Over half of French women victims of sexual harassment as public accusations fly

A new survey reveals that more than one in two French women have been victims of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. The study comes as a flurry of women are stepping forward to reveal their high profile aggressors including ex-government ministers.

Over half of French women victims of sexual harassment as public accusations fly
Women protest sexual harassment in Paris. Photo: AFP
The survey, carried out by polling institute Odoxa for Le Figaro and Franceinfo, revealed that a massive 53 percent of French women have experienced sexual harassment and/or assault at least once in their lives. 
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The study, which surveyed 995 women and men, comes at a time when women across the world are starting to speak out about their own experiences of sexual harassment in the wake of the flurry of accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
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Women in Paris tell their stories of being groped, pestered and sexually harassed
Photo: Jean Francois Gornet/Flickr
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