Karim Benzema Files Defamation Suit Against French Interior Minister

Karim Benzema Files Defamation Suit Against French Interior Minister
KARIM BENZEMA AND GÉRALD DARMANIN

Written By Prince Anane


Former Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has filed a defamation lawsuit against France's interior minister for accusing him of having links with the Muslim Brotherhood, local media reports.


Gérald Darmanin said in October that Mr Benzema "has a notorious link" with the Sunni Muslim Islamist group. The comment "undermines" his honour and reputation, Mr Benzema's lawyer said.

The Muslim Brotherhood is banned in several countries, including Egypt, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. Mr Darmanin's comment in October came after the player tweeted his support for the people of Gaza as "victims again of unjust bombardments which spare neither women nor children".

Karim Benzema, 36, who plays in Saudi Arabia and is a Muslim, quickly issued a denial and threatened legal action against the minister for slander.

The former Real Madrid star added: "I am aware of the extent to which, because of my notoriety, I am being used in political games, which are all the more scandalous given that the dramatic events since October 7 deserve something quite different from this type of statement."

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