Karim Benzema files a complaint against Reconquest activist Damien Rieu

Incisive with a ball in his feet, Karim Benzema also goes on the attack on the judicial field. The 34-year-old French international filed a complaint against far-right activist Damien Rieu this Thursday, May 5, for defamation after the publication of two messages on Twitter, reports “Le Parisien”.

The Reconquest activist, the party of Eric Zemmour, had posted two tweets in 2020 directly targeting the Real Madrid striker. The first dates from October 23, 2020, it is a photograph where Karim Benzema poses with Imam Nourdine Mamoune, from the mosque of Bron, a city in the Lyon suburbs from which the footballer is from.

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“Interesting to discover that Benzema is dating Imam Nourdine Mamoune who has just been searched. Strongly that justice is also interested in the financing of the mosques of Bron “, had advanced Damien Rieu referring to a police operation at this imam intervened three days after the assassination of Samuel Paty. The search did not result in any prosecution.

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A month later, on November 22, 2020, this far-right figure again attacks Karim Benzema. Damien Rieu posts this time a photo of Karim Benzema at the gym where he raises his finger in the air, a sign of faith in Islam. Next, he also adds three photos of jihadists performing the same gesture. “I think Benzema wants to send us a message”he commented.

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At that time, the Madrid striker’s lawyer immediately replied by mentioning on the same social network Emmanuel Macron and the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin:

“Recidivist far-right activist Damien Lefèvre (Damien Rieu’s real name) fuels hatred, his latest tweet equates Karim Benzema with a terrorist. Should we wait for a new drama to react? »

Damien Rieu, former member of the RN, is summoned to the Lyon court on May 23 for a possible indictment. “I don’t want to talk about the merits of the case yet, but from what I see on the summons, defamation seems to me very difficult to characterize in this case”, commented the lawyer for the mis en cause, Me Pierre-Vincent Lambert with the “Parisian”. The file is, for the time being, at the stage of the instruction.

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