Jacquet won the World Cup as Les Bleus coach in 1998.
He told Sport 24: "The absence of Benzema? I understand it. This can easily be explained. The balance of squad life is fundamental.
"For example, I never speak of adding talents but of associating them, which is very different. After, I was touched by the accusations of racism of which Didier (Deschamps) was victim. All my youth I was surrounded by Poles, Hungarians ... When I was in Clairefontaine, I had my little blacks, my little North Africans. Football is a meeting of people with totally different origins and cultures.
"I do not understand that we could do this attack. Especially from the world of football. I find this really unhealthy."