Tag Archives: #France

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema sentence over sex tape blackmail scandal

France and Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspended jail sentence and €75,000 fine after being found guilty in a sex tape blackmail case.

Benzema, was charged with complicity in an attempted scheme to blackmail former teammate Mathieu Valbuena with a stolen sex tape.

Valbuena, who currently plays in Greece, has not played for France since the incident.

Benzema, now 33, was provisionally suspended by the French soccer federation.

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Turkey’s president orders 10 ambassadors of US, France, Germany and 7 others to be expelled for calling for release of jailed activist Osman Kavala


Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the U.S., France, and Germany, to be declared “persona non grata” after calling for the release of jailed Turkish activist, businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala.

The move comes a few days after Turkey summoned the ambassadors of the U.S., Germany, France, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden over their joint statement calling for Kavala’s release on the fourth year of his detention.

“The continuing delays in his trial, including by merging different cases and creating new ones after a previous acquittal, cast a shadow over respect for democracy, the rule of law and transparency in the Turkish judiciary system,” the joint statement said. “Noting the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights on the matter, we call for Turkey to secure his urgent release.”

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FIFA World Ranking: Fans Jubilate as England leapfrog france, climb to third

England have risen to third in FIFA’s world ranking as a result of a successful September of World Cup qualifiers – their highest position since 2012.

Having sat fourth in the standings since April 2019, the Three Lions leapfrogged world champions France to move up to third in the list released on Thursday.

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France says boatload of 42 migrants rescued in EnglishChannel

French authorities said on Friday they had rescued a boatload of 42 migrants in the English channel after their boat got into difficulty.

The emergency services were alerted by the migrants, and a rescue vessel picked them up in the sea off the Pas-de-Calais area, according to a French police statement.

They were taken to the nearby port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, and all are in good health, the statement said.

Thousands of migrants each year attempt the dangerous sea crossing from France to the coast of Britain, often paying human smugglers to help them through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in overloaded rubber dinghies.