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Communist Thomas Piketty, Alleged Woman Beater

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

The Left’s ‘rock star’ economist? Thomas Piketty is a woman beater, says former lover

By Peter Allen | 4 May 2014

Paris – His glamorous media image and radical ideas have seen him dubbed the ‘rock star’ economist.  But Thomas Piketty – whose bestselling book, Capital In The Twenty-First Century, has been hailed by Unite union boss Len McCluskey and Ed Miliband’s most trusted adviser, Stewart Wood – is actually a woman beater, a ex-lover has claimed.

Aurelie Filippetti, 40, France’s glamorous Culture and Media Minister, had a relationship with Mr Piketty, 42, which she alleges came to a violent end. A Socialist Party source, who was close to the couple when they shared a flat on Paris’s Left Bank, said: ‘Frankly, she views him as a woman beater who used violence as a solution to their domestic problems. The details of what Thomas did to Aurélie are quite shocking – they drove her to contemplate suicide.

‘Many believed the complaints about Thomas were politically motivated, but Aurelie herself spoke about them often in private. She was desperate to bring Thomas to justice.

Although the pair have both attempted to keep their private lives a secret, records show that on February 6, 2009, Ms Filippetti attended a Paris police station to lodge a complaint about an attack. Soon afterwards Mr Piketty was investigated for ‘violence between domestic partners’ – a crime that carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years.

At the time, Ms Filippetti was  a spokeswoman for the Socialist Party, then in opposition, which Mr Piketty was also advising on economic policy. Both were close to Segolene Royal, the party’s 2007 presidential candidate and the mother of president Francois Hollande’s four children.

An investigating officer confirmed: ‘The complaint was examined very thoroughly. The accuser was in a very distressed state on the day she attended the police station and did not leave until close to midnight.’ Police also confirmed  that the accusations included Ms Filippetti ‘having been hit’ and that she had  a medical examination.

Mr Piketty was formally charged on March 17, 2009. But the politician then asked for the charges to be dropped – apparently because she did not want her daughter Clara, now 15, to hear details of the claims.

Mr Piketty – a professor at  the Paris School of Economics – originally described the claims  as ‘stories from the gutter’.  A spokesman for Ms Filippetti said: ‘Mr Piketty has recognised the facts of the violence against Ms Filippetti  and apologised, so in the interests of the families  and children she did  not proceed.’

Last night Mr Piketty confirmed he had been arrested and held in custody but disputed the allegations: ‘The case closed five years ago. There was no factual or legal basis to pursue it.’

If Monsieur Piketty were pro-Capitalism or a conservative this would be the top story of the day/week/month. But what is it with French communists and their wives or girlfriends? Just a few months ago we were hearing stories about Francoise Hollande’s various girlfriends and mistresses. And now this.

The French communists seem to be conducting even more of a ‘War On Women’ than Bill Clinton.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, May 5th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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