Karim Benzema is suing a French politician for comparing him to “terrorists”

date of publication:
05 May 2022 17:43 GMT

Update date: 05 May 2022 20:15 GMT

Karim Benzema became one of the most prominent heroes of the press and the international media after his goal in extra time against Manchester City, which led his team Real Madrid to the final of the Champions League, however, in his country France, his news spread far from the field due to his pushing a lawsuit against a politician who described him as “The terrorist”.

The French newspaper, Le Parisien, said that the 34-year-old French Muslim striker had filed a lawsuit against the far-right French politician, Eric Zemmour, accusing him of defaming him for two tweets on his Twitter account describing the Real star. Madrid with “terrorism”.

The first tweet was dated October 23, 2020, when Rio, the former spokesman for the far-right identity group that was dissolved in 2021, published a picture of the former Lyon striker next to Imam Noureddine Mamoun, and commented on it, saying: “It is interesting to discover that Benzema is meeting with Imam Nur. Al-Din Mamoun is linked to terrorist operations (an operation carried out three days after the assassination of Samuel Baty and did not lead to any trial), as well as his name being linked to the financing of the mosques of Bron (the city of Rhone from which Benzema comes).”

A month later, on November 22, 2020, Damien Rio challenged the player again on Twitter with a picture of Benzema raising his index finger in the air, placed next to jihadists carrying out the same sign, and wrote: “I think Benzema wants to send us a message.” A year and a half, the tweets are still online.

The player’s lawyer was outraged by these tweets at the time, and he referred to the accounts of French President Emmanuel Macron and Gerald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, in a tweet in which he said: “Far-right activist Damien Lefevre (real name Damien Rio) is fueling hatred and his last tweet equals Karim. Benzema called “terrorists”, should we wait for a new reaction?”

Benzema’s lawyer, who returned to the French national team just before Euro 2021, took the case to court, accusing Rio of public defamation.

Damien Rio was summoned on May 23 to the Lyon (Rhone) court to convict him, which is a standard procedure in this type of case. My previous trials.