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Les Blues Drop Benzema After Sex Tape Charge

French star Karim Benzema, who is at the centre of a sex tape blackmail scandal, and Mathieu Valnbuena, the victim of the extortion attempt, were excluded from the French squad named Thursday for two internationals this month.

They were left out hours after a French judge formally charged Real Madrid striker Benzema with complicity to blackmail Valbuena.

France play Germany on November 13 in Paris and England on November 17 at Wembley in friendlies as they prepare to host the European Championships next year.

Benzema, 27, has been charged with “complicity in an attempt to blackmail” and conspiring to commit a criminal act, which is punishable by at least five years in prison, the prosecutor’s office in Versailles outside Paris said.

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