Didier Deschamps has said it is ‘not possible’ to pick Karim Benzema for Euro 2016. Photograph: Reuters

The France coach Didier Deschamps has said it would be impossible for him to pick Karim Benzema for next year’s European Championship while the case i(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo takes a free kick against Getafe. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez had particular praise for Karim Benzema on Saturday after the France forward struck twice to lead his team to a 4-1 wi(...)

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema during a training session at Valdebebas Sport City. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has given his full support to Karim Benzema over his involvement in a sextape scandal but the French strtiker will not(...)

Karim Benzema (second left) leaves the court house in Versailles: the Real Madrid striker’s lawyer  said Benzema was innocent and took no part in any blackmail. Photograph: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

The French international footballer Karim Benzema has been placed under formal judicial investigation in connection with an alleged attempt to blackm(...)

 French striker Karim Benzema leaves the court house in Versailles on Thursday after he was placed under formal judicial investigation. Photograph:  Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

France striker Karim Benzema has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group as part of an investigation over a se(...)

France’s captain Karim Benzema reacts during their international friendly soccer match against Brazil at the Stade de France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France suffered a serious reality check in their build-up to Euro 2016 on home soil when Brazil outclassed them in a friendly at the Stade de France (...)

France’s Loic Remy (right) celebrates with team mates after scoring against Spain  at the Stade de France. Photograph: Benoit Tessier / Reuters

France 1 Spain 0 New Chelsea signing Loic Remy grabbed the only goal as France squeezed past 2010 world champions Spain 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade(...)

Mats Hummels (right) of Germany celebrates with Thomas Müller (centre) and Benedikt Höwedes (left) after scoring the winner against France in the Fifa World Cup quarter-final   at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Marcus Brandt / EPA

Germany 1 France 0 “Adieu les Bleus” sang some slightly giddy German fans before this first World Cup quarter-final and though some nearby Fren(...)

Mathieu Valbuena (left) celebrates with Olivier Giroud during the last-16 match against Nigeria at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

It says something about the state they were in that a major footballing power like France can be regarded by so many as a surprise package at this Wor(...)

Paul Pogba of France celebrates his goal against Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: EPA

France 2 Nigeria 0The French continue to move forward at this World Cup and yet they have yet to completely shake the suspicion that they are simply f(...)