Former Adidas proprietor and scandal-ridden French tycoon Bernard Tapie and his spouse have been tied up with electrical cords and severely crushed all through a violent burglary at their residence, in response to officers.
Tapie, 78, and spouse Dominique Tapie, 70, have been sleeping of their residence in Combs-la-Ville near Paris spherical 12:30 a.m. Sunday when 4 males broke in and tied them up, police said, in response to AFP.
The suspects struck Tapie within the pinnacle with a membership, nonetheless he didn’t should be hospitalized, the outlet reported.
“My grandfather refused to be taken away,” his grandson Rodolphe Tapie knowledgeable the outlet. “He’s shattered, very drained. He was sitting on a chair when he was hit with a membership.”
His spouse — barely injured from numerous blows to the face — managed to free herself and uncover safety at a neighbor’s residence, the place she known as police.
She was hospitalized for a fast check-up.
“She is doing nicely,” the couple’s grandson knowledgeable AFP.
The burglars pulled Dominique Tapie by the hair “as a result of they wished to know the place the treasure was,” Combs-la-Ville mayor Man Geoffroy knowledgeable the outlet. “However after all there was no treasure, and the truth that they didn’t discover one made the violence solely worse.”
The suspects ultimately made off with two watches, one among them a Rolex, along with earrings, bracelets and a hoop, a provide close to the investigation knowledgeable AFP.
Bernard Tapie is a former Socialist minister who received right here from humble beginnings nonetheless ultimately constructed a sporting and media empire — sooner than working into licensed trouble.
He was the majority shareholder of the sportswear mannequin Adidas, along with the proprietor of the soccer membership Olympique de Marseille, who acquired the French championship all through his possession.
He moreover briefly served as a result of the French minister for metropolis affairs for François Mitterrand’s authorities from 1992 to 1993.
However Tapie was then found accountable in quite a few circumstances for corruption, tax fraud and misuse of firm belongings. He spent 5 months behind bars in 1997 and was prohibited from standing in any French election.
Following his launch, he had a stint at performing and web internet hosting gigs on TV and radio.
In 2012, he turned a media boss, taking over the southern French daily La Provence and completely different newspapers.
Now, he’s coping with a authorized trial over a fraudulent 404 million-euro ($450 million presently) arbitration package deal deal linked to his sale of Adidas within the Nineties.
With Put up wires