Scandal-infamous businessman and former Adidas owner Bernard Tapie and his wife were violently attacked in a violent robbery at their home, near Paris..
The couple were tied with electric wires, and were physically assaulted and their jewelry stolen.
Bernard Tapie, 78, the former French Finance Minister, is a prominent and controversial figure.
He has been at the center of legal battles over corruption and fraud for decades, and has spent time in prison.
Tapie and his wife, Dominic, 70, were asleep when the robbers ran over Four of Security men broke into their home at around 00:30 on Sunday (22:30 GMT on Saturday).
Combs-la-Ville mayor Jay Joffroy told AFP that the intruders pulled Ms. Tappy’s hair “because they wanted to know where the treasure was.”
“But of course there was no treasure, and not finding it made the violence worse,” he added.
Tapie was hit on the head with a baton while sitting on a chair.
Dominic Tapie managed to free herself, so she ran to a neighbor’s house and called the police. She was injured in the face after she was beaten several times, and she was taken to hospital.
“She’s in good shape,” said Rudolf Tapie, Tappy’s grandson.
For his part, Mr. Tapie refused to go to the hospital.
“He’s broken, he’s very tired,” said Rudolf Tapie.
According to reports, the thieves stole two watches, including one Rolex, earrings, bracelets and a ring.
Who is Bernard Tapie?
Bernard Tapie has a long list of accomplishments over several decades:
- French Finance Minister
- The largest contributor to sportswear brand Adidas
- Owner of Olympic Marseille Football Club
- Media director acquired “La Provence” and other newspapers
- He acts, sings and presents radio and television programs.
But he also ran into a series of legal troubles, declaring bankruptcy in the 1990s and spending five months in prison after a series of cases related to corruption, tax fraud and misuse of corporate assets.
He flaunted his fortune by buying the football club, and Olympique de Marseille won the French national championship While he was in possession of the team, he was accused of fixing match results and stripped the club of the league title and was later relegated to a lower division.
A twenty-year legal battle over the sale of Adidas
His best-known case lasted more than two decades and included a controversial settlement of 400 million euros ($ 470 million) granted to him in 2008 after he sold his stake in Adidas.
Tapie had filed a lawsuit against French bank Credit Lyonnais, accusing him of underestimating the sporting goods company during the sale.
A committee concluded that he was a victim of fraud and awarded him heavy compensation.
The scandal also involved then-Finance Minister Christine Lagarde. She was found guilty of negligence, because she approved the amount of compensation.
Lagarde denied wrongdoing and was not fined or imprisoned. It now runs the European Central Bank.
Tapie ordered the money to be repaid in 2015, after the court found he had not been defrauded by Credit Lyonnais – a decision he continues to fight.
Bernard Tapie suffers from stomach cancer and esophageal cancer, and the trial on his appeal was postponed last year until May 2021 due to his health.