l’essentielThe 2022 Ballon d’Or is considering filing a complaint against the Minister of Interior, who accused him of having connections with the « Muslim Brotherhood, » an Islamist organization.
Karim Benzema is considering filing a complaint against Gérald Darmanin, according to information from Le Parisien. Accused on live television by the Minister of the Interior of being « notoriously linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, » the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner denies this accusation through his lawyer. Me Hugues Vigier stated to the French newspaper, « This is false! Karim Benzema has never had any relationship with this organization. He has also chosen to live in Saudi Arabia, which has declared the said organization as a terrorist group, something that France has never done. »
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Karim Benzema has indeed joined the Saudi club Al-Ittihad this summer alongside French international N’Golo Kanté. « We are considering legal action against this minister, for example, under the law on information manipulation cherished by our government… and for defamation or public insult, because this nonexistent link with the Muslim Brotherhood that he claims is well-known is obviously presented as derogatory. It is not acceptable for those in power to believe they are authorized to do anything out of pure opportunism, » added the lawyer for the former Real Madrid striker.
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Benzema va porter plainte contre Nadine Morano et Frank Tapiro
According to information from Le Parisien, Karim Benzema will also file a defamation lawsuit against European Parliament member Nadine Morano (Les Républicains), who stated in an interview with Europe 1 that the player was « a propaganda agent for Hamas, » and advertising executive Frank Tapiro, who claimed that Benzema was « an accomplice to terrorism » and « a collaborator. »
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The French international player is also considering filing a complaint against LR senator Valérie Boyer, who requested on Wednesday that he be stripped of his French nationality if the accusations made by Gérald Darmanin were proven true.