Last Tuesday, the French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, accused the French striker Karim Benzema of having “notorious links to the ‘Muslim Brotherhood'”. For her part, French conservative senator Valérie Boyer asked that the soccer player’s nationality be withdrawn if such a relationship with the Islamist group considered “terrorist” is confirmed.
“If the Minister of the Interior’s statements are confirmed, we have to consider sanctions against Karim Benzema. A symbolic sanction would first be to withdraw the Ballon d’Or from him. Then, we have to ask that his nationality be withdrawn,” the legislator said in a statement and collects EFE.
The reaction of the senator from Los Republicanos (LR) comes two days after in a television interview Darmanin assured that the former Real Madrid player has “links” with that Islamic group born in Egypt. Boyer recalled that Benzema has dual French and Algerian nationality. “We cannot accept that a French binational, recognized international, dishonors and betrays our country like this,” he said.
Benzema considers suing for insults
Frenchman Karim Benzema, 2022 Ballon d’Or and Real Madrid legend, denied having Islamist linksas stated by the Minister of the Interior of France, Gérald Darmanin, and announced that he is considering denouncing the government official for insults.
This was indicated in statements to Le Parisien by the French international’s lawyer, Hugues Vigier, regarding the public support that Benzema has given the civilians of Palestinein the midst of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militia and when two Islamist attacks have occurred in Europe (in France on Friday and on Tuesday in Belgium).
All our prayers for the inhabitants of Gaza who are once again victims of these unjust bombings which spare no women or children.
— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) October 15, 2023
“We cannot accept that those who govern believe authorized to do anything out of pure opportunism“said the French player’s lawyer, who assured that they are planning to denounce Darmanin for “defamation, even public insult”, given the notoriety of the current footballer of the Saudi club Al-Ittihad. In fact, Benzema (97 times capped by France) He has already decided to denounce MEP Nadine Morano (of the classic right-wing party Los Republicanos) for defamation, stating that the footballer “is an element of Hamas propaganda.”
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