Former French minister and scandal-ridden tycoon Bernard Tapie, the previous proprietor of Adidas, was attacked alongside along with his spouse throughout a night-time housebreaking of their house, police mentioned Sunday.
The couple had been asleep when 4 males broke into their home in Combs-la-Ville close to Paris round 00:30 AM (2230 GMT Saturday) on Sunday, beat them and tied them up with electrical cords earlier than making off with their loot.
Dominique Tapie managed to free herself and made her solution to a neighbour’s house, the place she was in a position to name the police. Barely injured from a number of blows to the face, she was taken to hospital for a check-up however was anticipated to be launched shortly.
“She is doing nicely,” Tapie’s grandson Rodolphe Tapie instructed AFP.
Tapie himself, who’s 78, acquired a blow to the pinnacle with a membership, prosecutor Beatrice Angelelli instructed AFP, however he declined to be taken into medial care.
“My grandfather refused to be taken away,” Rodolphe Tapie mentioned. “He’s shattered, very drained. He was sitting on a chair when he was hit with a membership.”
The burglars made off with two watches, together with a Rolex, earrings, bracelets and a hoop, in keeping with a supply near the investigation.
Tapie is a former Socialist minister who rose from humble beginnings to construct a sporting and media empire, however later confronted a string of authorized issues.
He made a fortune within the early a part of his profession by taking on failing firms with allegedly doubtful strategies, and sometimes flaunted his wealth, together with by shopping for a 72-metre yacht and a soccer membership, Olympique de Marseille, who gained the French championship whereas he was their proprietor.
He has additionally been beneath suspicion of match-fixing in France’s high soccer league.
He was briefly minister for city affairs in Francois Mitterrand’s authorities in 1992.
Tapie was discovered responsible in a string of instances for corruption, tax fraud and misuse of company property, went to jail for 5 months and was stripped of the best to face in any election in France.
After his launch from jail in 1997, Tapie added showbiz to his numerous actions, attempting his hand at appearing and internet hosting radio and TV reveals.
In 2012 he additionally grew to become a media boss, taking on southern French day by day La Provence and different newspapers.
One fraud case has dogged Tapie for many years, involving a massively controversial settlement price 400 million euros ($470 million at present charges) awarded to him by a authorities arbitration panel, the dimensions of which despatched shockwaves by France.
The panel judged he had been the sufferer of fraud when he offered his stake within the Adidas sports activities attire firm in 1993 to state-run French financial institution Credit score Lyonnais, which was discovered to have undervalued the sportswear model.
The case additionally ensnared then-finance minister Christine Lagarde, who now runs the European Central Financial institution. She was discovered responsible of “negligence” within the case.
Lagarde’s dealing with of the case sparked suspicion that her former boss Nicolas Sarkozy, whom Tapie had backed for president in 2007, was favourably disposed in the direction of the businessman — allegations Sarkozy has vehemently denied.
The trial is because of resume in Might, with Tapie “decided” to be current, in keeping with his lawyer.
Police are treating Sunday’s incident as a violent theft and kidnapping, a supply near the investigation instructed AFP.