Karim Benzema will file a complaint against Éric Zemmour after comments calling him an Islamist

The president of the far-right Reconquest party makes “a direct link” between Karim Benzema and the assassins of Dominique Bernard and Samuel Paty. The footballer will file a complaint for “defamation”, says his lawyer.


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Footballer Karim Benzema during training with the France team in 2022. (FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

After the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and part of the political class, it is the turn of Éric Zemmour to speak about Karim Benzema. The president of the far-right Reconquest party declared on October 19: “For me, Karim Benzema is an Islamist who wants to apply sharia and sharia provides for jihad. Jihad means killing Dominique Bernard, killing Samuel Paty“, says the politician in an interview with Télématin (France 2). These two professors were assassinated in terrorist attacks. “I make a direct link”, added the politician.

Karime Benzema will file a complaint for “defamation” against Éric Zemmour, franceinfo learned from his lawyer Hugues Vigier, confirming information from the newspaper Libération.

Before that, the 2022 presidential candidate claimed that the footballer is not French at heart. He doesn’t like France, he never loved it.” before summarizing, “French football is increasingly Islamized“.

A first complaint against Gérald Darmanin

On October 19, Me Hugues Vigier, Karim Benzema’s lawyer, also announced on RMC that his client was going to file a complaint against Gérald Darmanin. Monday evening on CNews, the Minister of the Interior accused the footballer of being “notoriously linked to the Muslim Brotherhood“.

It’s windy what the minister says“, insisted lawyer Hugues Vigier on RMC, denouncing a “purely opportunistic approach“. Karim Benzema “has no direct or distant connection” with the Islamist organization born in Egypt, ruled the lawyer.

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