Former Real Madrid Superstar and French striker Karim Benzema has filed a defamation case against the French interior Minister.
The French interior minister accused Benzema of having links with his ‘Muslim brotherhood’. Benzema’s legal team responded to the minister with a defamation suit and clearly stated that he was trying to achieve political points scoring through his speeches.
The former Real Madrid striker had posted on social media expressing his solidarity with the people suffering in Gaza, “Our prayers to the people of Gaza, victims once again of unjust bombardments that spare neither women nor children”
Since then French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has been targeting the French striker and while giving an interview, the minister said, “Benzema is notoriously linked with the Muslim Brotherhood, we all know it.”
But, the French Interior Minister hasn’t provided any evidence to support his statement he gave on television against Karim Benzema.
Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist movement that has been banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and many Middle Eastern countries.
Days later, Darmanin tried to defend his statements by pointing out that Benzema had not condemned the attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7 and that neither did the Frenchman condemn the actions of an Islamist student who stabbed his teacher to death.
The legal team of Karim Benzema filed a 92-page complaint on his behalf and said that the statements by the minister undermine his reputation as a Frenchman who has represented the country on the world stage.