Jordan Bardella, Marine Le Pen’s right hand man and current president of the far-right National Group (RN), considered to be Karim Benzema legendary French striker which plays in Saudi Arabia, “a friend of Islamist ideology.”
“We must recognize the work of a man, for sure he is one of the best football players in France, but he is a regular in Islamist practices” criticized this Sunday the head of the list for the RN European elections for 2024, in an interview with BFMTV.
The politician thus reacts to a picture of Benzema, published by his club Al-Ittihad during the day of the Saudi national holiday, where he wears traditional clothes from that country Muslims in the Persian Gulf. The striker wrote on a snapshot with more than 2.5 million “likes”: “Look at our life, happy day in Saudi country.”
Bardella (28 years old) said that accusation that remembers that the former Real Madrid striker He has already publicly expressed his happiness to play in a Muslim country and He insists that the fact that he was photographed in that dress shows a certain ideological closeness.
“He was wearing traditional Saudi clothing. Saudi Arabia, as far as I know, is an Islamist state. I understand that this is a country where they cut off the hands of those who steal,” concluded Bardella, a protégé of Marine Le Pen, who voluntarily gave his young student the presidency of the party.
Benzema, born in Lyon, but of Algerian origin, has retired from the French team, where he played 97 games, and filed several lawsuits against other French far-right figures for link him to Muslim fundamentalism.