Alain Schmitt, coach and companion of judo champion Margaux Pinot, was arrested overnight from Saturday to Sunday in Blanc-Mesnil for domestic violence. He was taken into custody.

Judo coach Alain Schmitt was arrested on the night of November 27 to 28 in Blanc-Mesnil (Seine-Saint-Denis) for domestic violence on his partner, judoka Margaux Pinot, announced this Monday evening, the parquet floor of Bobigny to AFP.

The 38-year-old former member of the French judo team was arrested by the police around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday following an emergency call to 17 from a neighbor, where Margaux Pinot had found refuge. The 27-year-old received numerous blows in the face from her companion and trainer, who was in a state of intoxication, according to police sources, quoted by AFP. Transported to the Avicenne hospital in Bobigny for treatment, she was prescribed more than eight days of ITT, specifies the prosecution.

Bronze medalist at the 2013 Worlds, Alain Schmitt converted to coaching with the Etoile Sportive du Blanc-Mesnil club, where he accompanied Margaux Pinot and Madeleine Malonga. These two athletes won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last summer with the France team, in the new mixed team event. Margaux Pinot also won a world bronze medal in 2019, two European championship titles (2019 and 2020) and two continental silver medals (2017, 2021).

Two weeks ago, Alain Schmitt announced in the press that he was leaving the Blanc-Mesnil club to become coach of the Israeli women’s team. His police custody was to be lifted at the end of the day on Monday, with a view to a trial for immediate appearance on Tuesday afternoon.

In 2020 in France, domestic violence affected 159,400 people of all sexes, including 139,200 women, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior.

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