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French PM says Benzema has no place on national team

PARIS (AP) The French prime minister joined in the criticism of Karim Benzema on Tuesday, saying the Real Madrid striker "has no place" on the France team at the European Championship in the wake of a blackmail scandal.

Benzema is one of France's key players as it gets ready to host the Euro 2016 tournament, but the forward faces charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape. He is suspected of having played an active role in pressuring France teammate Mathieu Valbuena, a case that has badly damaged his reputation.

"A great athlete should be exemplary," Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French radio Europe 1. "If he is not, he has no place within the France team."


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