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Real Madrid's French striker Karim -Benzema was placed under formal judicial investigation on Thursday in -connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail
-fellow French soccer -international Mathieu Valbuena with the use of a sex

A statement from the public prosecutor in Versailles www.odysseyreactshoes.com , west of Paris, said the inquiry covered alleged offenses that can carry a prison
sentence of at least five years.

Benzema's lawyer, Sylvain Cormier said that his client was totally innocent. "He played no part, I repeat no part, in any blackmail or attempted blackmail,"
Cormier told reporters.

The prosecutor's move - which in France's justice system does not necessarily mean Benzema will end up being tried Cheap Nike Odyssey React Sale , but does mean investigators believe they have serious grounds for pursuing the matter with him - -exposes Benzema to a period of doubt
ahead of the European Championship that France hosts next year.

Investigators are trying to identify who was behind the -alleged extortion -attempt.

The affair involved phone-recorded sex footage that could prove embarrassing for Valbuena, according to sources close to the inquiry. Benzema's name came up
during phone taps in relation to the inquiry opened in July, police sources say.

The inquiry cites suspicion of complicity in extortion. The prosecutor also ordered Benzema not to contact others linked to the affair.

Local media highlighted that the -investigation could make life difficult for France coach Didier Deschamps, who may wish to call up both Valbuena, a forward
for Olympique Lyonnais, and striker Benzema to play for France in the days and
months ahead and in the -European Championship in June and July next year.

The imbroglio is not Benzema's first brush with justice.

He and Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribery were acquitted by a court in January 2014 of charges that they solicited the services of an underage
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By Xinhua writers Cheng Yunjie and Shen Yang

NANCHANG, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- During his first visit to Shanxi, a 1,000-year-old town in Jiangxi Province known for porcelain-making, Eric Kaplan
from the United Kingdom received a blue and white plate bearing his family's

He received the gift at the ongoing 2015 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair. Bearing the serial number 001 Cheap Nike Odyssey React , it is one of five newly fired porcelain plates that imitate pieces originally manufactured by Jingdezhen craftsmen some 600
years ago for European aristocrats.

Having grown up with a lot of fine china in his home, the descendant of a noble family in Leicestershire said it felt amazing to obtain something similar
to a piece collected by his ancestors.

"We appreciate this art very much, and I am extremely honored to be here and very thankful," said Kaplan.

Master pottery maker Huang Yunpeng, who presented the plate to Kaplan as a gift, has collected more than 300 antique ceramics tailor-made by local
craftsmen for special clients in Europe Cheap Men's Nike React Element 87 Anthracite Black White , including aristocrats, high-ranking officials, wealthy merchants and social organizations.

His son, Huang Bin, president of the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Company, said he hopes these antique porcelain pieces can attract people to revisit
Jingdezhen's ties to the British nobility and boost the town's handmade
porcelain industry.


Hu Yinjiao Cheap Men's Nike Metcon 4 Black , a resident of Jingdezhen, takes pride in the town's history as a royal porcelain supplier, not just for Chinese
emperors but also European royals and nobility.

In the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Jingdezhen was not only the home of imperial kilns dedicated to Chinese emperors, but also saw strong exports in
porcelain. It is estimated that some 100 million pieces of china were sold to
Europe from the 16th to the 18th century.

"In overseas museums, quite a number of exquisite porcelain antiques for European royals and aristocrats were made in Jingdezhen. To understand how
famous the city is Cheap Men's Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Black , just look at the mark below each antique. Oftentimes, I've found it mentioned just the city -- adding the
country was seemingly unnecessary," said Hu.

"When browsing armorial porcelain antiques in overseas museums, I do feel the town's strong connection with the royalty there," said Hu.

In Exhibition Hall A at the ceramics fair in Jingdezhen, Chinese swarmed the stands of royal suppliers to appreciate the designs.

Moorcroft Cheap Women's Nike M2K Tekno Pink Black , an 118-year-old brand based in Stoke-on-Trent of Staffordshire in England and an appointed "potter to H.M. The
Queen" until 1978, is one of the most popular ceramics makers at the expo.

Head of Sales Gina McNicholas said that Moorcroft's heritage as a supplier to the Queen and royal families helps its sales in China.

"We've found our traditional English products have sold better than anything in China. It's very regal and royal. I think people buy into that idea," said

Moorcroft has hired a Hong Kong agent to deal in exports to China. The brand has a history of working with overseas markets to establish new designs, so
designers can influence one another and come up with new ideas about how things
will sell in each market.

McNicholas told Xinhua that the company will also look to cooperate with ceramics makers in Jingdezhen. "It's about working together to share ideas and
best practices and boost the UK and Chinese brands as well," she said.


However, master porcelain artist Duan Zhenmin said restoring the city's past glory in the ceramics market faces a major challenge because it lacks famous
international brands.

"You can't find a Chinese name on the list of the world's top luxury ceramic brands. Jingdezhen is only a place of origin shared by local pottery
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