French President's close friend cleared of assault charges

Mathieu Laine has been cleared of assaulting his ex-wife and a young child

Mathieu Laine has been cleared of assaulting his ex-wife and a young child

A close friend and advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron has been cleared of assaulting his ex-wife and a young child.

Mathieu Laine, 42, was accused of attacking Eleonore Salin and a 10-year-old boy outside his £7.7million Kensington home. 

She claimed the entrepreneur came at her shouting aggressively as she got out of an Uber cab before yanking her ‘forcibly’ by the arm.

Mr Laine, an influential French intellectual, was also accused of pinning the child up against a wall hitting him around his legs and calling him a ‘little sh*t’.

Wearing a smart blue suit and tie, the defendant was found not guilty of two counts of assault by beating after a two day trial at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court.

Judge Karim Ezzat said Ms Salin, a trained criminal lawyer, was ‘an unreliable witness’ and a ‘woman battling with the unexpected end to a relationship’.

He told Mr Laine that it was for the crown to make the case and rely on the witnesses to prove it.

‘I will say from the outset, from the witnesses, the crown

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