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Benzema will respond on national news to growing criticism

PARIS (AP) Facing increasing pressure in the wake of a blackmail scandal that is tarnishing his name, France striker Karim Benzema has finally decided to speak out.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls joined in the criticism of Benzema on Tuesday, saying he "has no place" on the national team, days after Mathieu Valbuena gave a hard-hitting interview in which he spoke of feeling betrayed by his France teammate.

Benzema will respond in an interview to be aired on French national news on Wednesday, broadcaster TF1 said.