Benzema’s comeback isn’t all about excitement. Yet Rachida Dati showed another image of the Madrilenian.
Indifferent. This is the word that sticks the least to the return of Karim Benzema to the France team. Since the announcement of Didier Deschamps on the end of the striker’s purgatory with the Blues, a wave of reactions has been triggered.
Good as well as less good with in particular the case of the sextape which resurfaced but also the fact that Benzema did not sing the Marseillaise during some of his selections.
The bad boy image sticks to the skin of the native of Bron and it will take more than a simple return to selection to wipe out the past. Whatever, at 32, Karim Benzema has reached the age of maturity and it is also this point that seduced Deschamps.
Only, is this a revival of Benzema or just its true nature? A native of Lyon also, Rachida Dati was lucky enough to be able to rub shoulders with the player in his debut with Olympique Lyonnais. Listening to the former Minister of Justice, Benzema is far from the image that has been glued to him for all these years.
“I have known him for a long time, Rachida explained to the Parisian on Wednesday. When he played for OL, he came to the Léon-Bérard center in Lyon, where children with cancer are treated. He visited them, without a camera and without anyone. He had come to see my five-year-old niece, who had bone cancer. “
“She had missed him the first time, because she had treatment that day. She was disappointed, and I had conveyed the message that she would have liked to meet him. He had made the effort to come back for her. , I had been touched by this gesture. It had not even come because I was known, since I was not yet Minister of Justice at the time. “
“Those who judge him don’t know how complicated it is for him to part with some of his childhood friends. Yes, there are criticisms, but I love the man he has become.”