In a recent interview with CNews, France’s Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, made an assertion about Benzema’s supposed ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. The latter is recognized by France as a terrorist group. Darmanin remarked, “Mr. Benzema is linked, we all know it, notoriously with the Muslim Brotherhood.” Despite this statement, the Interior Minister failed to present any concrete evidence to validate his claims. Efforts to get a clarification on these comments from the French Interior Ministry are ongoing.
Benzema’s Storied Career
Karim Benzema boasts an impressive football record. With five UEFA Champions League titles and 354 goals for Real Madrid, he’s a force to be reckoned with on the field. Last summer, Benzema transferred to the Saudi Pro League’s Al-Ittihad. Having garnered 97 caps and 37 goals for the French national team, he’s celebrated as one of France’s greatest soccer talents.
Support for Palestinians Stirs Controversy
Benzema’s political involvement came to the fore when he openly showed his support for the Palestinians amidst the Israel-Gaza war. He expressed his condolences for the victims of the conflict on X (previously known as Twitter), highlighting the innocent lives lost.
The Muslim Brotherhood: Background
Originating as a religious and political entity, the Muslim Brotherhood propagates the idea that Islam isn’t just a religious belief but encompasses a comprehensive way of life. The group officially denounces violence, though some factions have previously been implicated in violent acts. It’s worth noting that no concrete evidence links the Muslim Brotherhood to Hamas’ recent actions against Israel.