Days after filing a complaint against French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, Frenchman Karim Benzema, captain of the Saudi Al-Ittihad team, filed another defamation complaint against journalist Eric Zemmour, according to what his lawyer announced on Friday.
Lawyer Hugues Vigier said that his client filed a complaint against Zemmour on charges of defamation in the Paris Judicial Court this afternoon. If this complaint is accepted, Zemmour will face a one-year prison sentence and a fine of 45,000 euros.
Zemmour, a well-known French political writer and journalist, linked the former Real Madrid star to the killing of teachers Dominique Bernard in 2019 and Samuel Paty in 2020.
During a program on France 2, Zemmour stated: “What I know is that he is a Muslim and wants to implement Sharia, and that Sharia stipulates jihad, and that jihad means killing Dominique Bernard and also Samuel Paty.”
🚨 Karim Benzema’s lawyer filed a lawsuit against Éric Zemmour for defamation.
The French politician Zemmour had made a link between Karim Benzema and the terrorist organisation that killed professors Dominique Bernard and Samuel Paty.
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The French journalist also claimed that the 2022 Ballon d'Or winner has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Last Tuesday, the leader of the Saudi Federation filed a complaint against French Minister Darmanin on charges of defamation, after the latter stated that the former captain of Real Madrid had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Darmanin criticized Benzema after the former French international posted, on the X website (formerly Twitter) in mid-October, a message supportive of the residents of Gaza.
Since his move to the Saudi League, Benzema has scored 12 goals and provided 5 assists in 20 matches he played for Al-Ittihad this season in various competitions.