Eric Cantona poses nude for French magazine

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona has turned heads in France after posing naked with his wife for a feature in Elle magazine.

Eric Cantona poses nude for French magazine
Photo: Elle France

“She is super feminine, he's super manly… and it's him that we've undressed,” boasts the French Elle magazine. 

Indeed, a totally naked Eric Cantona will be on show in news kiosks around France from Friday, together with his totally clothed actress wife Rachida Brakni.

The pair have been invited by the magazine to talk about love and relationships — and who better to ask than a celebrity couple who've been together for 13 years. 

While Le Parisien newspaper revealed that Cantona's most private parts never go “offside”, there is a picture inside the magazine showing Brakni taking a firm grip on the former footballer's behind.

Several French Twitter users applauded the move by Elle to show a man naked in a magazine for a change. 

“For once, the roles have been reversed,” wrote one.

Besides the modelling, the man credited with sparking Manchester United's period of dominance in English football has carved out a successful second career as an actor since hanging up his boots.

He is currently performing in the stage play 'Victor' at a Parisian theatre and also stars in the movie 'Rois du Monde' (Kings of the World) directed by Laurent Laffargue.

He was most recently in the headlines last month when he promised to house and feed refugees for “a period of two years”.

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Paris city chiefs ready to let nudists hang out in park

Paris officials say they're keen to push through a proposal for a designated space in the capital for nudists.

Paris city chiefs ready to let nudists hang out in park
Photo: AFP
Deputy mayor Bruno Julliard said on Monday that City Hall would take on a proposal for a nude spot in Paris, a suggestion that came via the Green Party of Paris last week
“I'm all for it, and I think the mayor of Paris is too. So we're going to do it,” he told the BFM TV channel.
“We don't want to shock anyone, so we have to find the right place, probably in a park or a garden,” he said. 
“The greens have proposed for it to be in the heart of Paris, even on the quayside, but we won't be starting there,” Julliard said. 
“We don't want to upset anyone, we'll be doing this with respect to everyone's sensibilities.”
He noted that while it would mark the first nude zone in Paris, other Europe capitals like Berlin already offer similar opportunities for naturists. 

Exactly where the nudists zone will be remains a mystery, at present. 
Naturists in Paris have their own ideas, however. 
Jacques Frimont, vice president of the Association for the Promotion of Naturism in Liberty (APNEL), has suggested somewhere near the Daumesnil lake in Bois de Vincennes to the east of the city, the same lake that the government plans to turn into a public swimming zone by 2019. 
Lac Daumesnil‎ in the Bois de Vincennes. Could this be the new nude zone? Photo: Christian Bortes/WikiCommons 
Paris is gradually becoming more and more open-minded toward the nudity in public. 
Plans for a pop-up naked restaurant in the city have been set in motion after the concept’s success in London and this month's Fête de l’Humanité included a designated nudist stand.  
Getting caught in the nude in France currently comes with risks of a fine of €15,000 and up to one year in prison.