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Report: Benzema detained by French police

The French international arrived at a police station near Paris and was detained, according to a source close to the investigation. Benzema is being held in connection with blackmail over a sextape.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was held in custody on Wednesday in connection with blackmail over a sextape featuring fellow French player Mathieu Valbuena, report the AFP news agency.

According to the legal sources, 27-year-old Benzema mentioned the sextape to Valbuena while at a training camp for the French national team.

French investigators are examining whether Benzema was teasing Valbuena or if it was used as blackmail by the suspects.

Last month, former French international footballer Djibril Cisse was interveiwed by French police following a raid on his home, but was quickly released.

Three suspected blackmailers were charged and held in custody in October. The case was open in July and carries a potential prison sentence of five years.

The French striker is said to be staying overnight in custody.

rd/apc (AFP, RTRE)