Tuesday 21 November 2017

Minister's claims of domestic violence resurface

French Minister of Culture and Communication Aurelie Filippetti and her ex Thomas Piketty (inset)
French Minister of Culture and Communication Aurelie Filippetti and her ex Thomas Piketty (inset)

David Chazan in Paris

Thomas Piketty, the "rock star" economist, has been accused of beating his former girlfriend, Aurelie Filippetti, France's culture minister.

Ms Filippetti (40) ended her relationship with the author of 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' after lodging a complaint with Paris police about an attack in 2009.

Mr Piketty (42), whose bestselling book has been praised by the Unite union boss Len McCluskey and advisers to Ed Miliband, the UK Labour leader, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence shortly after the complaint. He denied any wrongdoing but was placed under formal investigation on March 17 of that year.

The case was closed after Ms Filippetti withdrew her complaint. According to a friend, she wanted to spare her daughter Clara, now 15, the trauma of learning about the alleged abuse.

Ms Filippetti was then a spokesman for the Socialist Party, which was in opposition. Mr Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, was advising the party. Both were close to Segolene Royal, the Socialist presidential candidate in 2007 and the mother of President Francois Hollande's children.

After reporting the alleged assault, Ms Filippetti, pictured, spent several hours at a police station in a "highly distressed" state, according to a police source. She accused Mr Piketty of hitting her on several occasions. At the time, Mr Piketty dismissed the allegations as "stories from the gutter".

When the allegations resurfaced, Mr Piketty confirmed he had been arrested but contested the claims. (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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