French Court set to rule on whether Benzema must stand trial

The Paris Appeal Court said on Thursday that it will rule next month on the validity of a blackmail case against Real Madrid star Karim Benzema and five other men.
At a long-awaited hearing on Thursday, prosecutors asked the court confirm the validity of a police investigation into Benzema for his role an alleged attempt to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.
In July 2017, France’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, annulled an earlier decision to send Benzema to trial and ordered the Paris court to review the original ruling.
The affair began in June 2015, when Valbuena received a call from a blackmailer who threatened to release an intimate video.
Valbuena contacted the police, who assigned an undercover officer to the case.
Investigators accused Benzema of acting as an...
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