Former French minister and scandal-ridden tycoon Bernard Tapie, as soon as the proprietor of Adidas, was attacked alongside along with his spouse throughout a midnight housebreaking of their house, police stated Sunday.
The couple had been asleep when 4 males broke into the home in Combs-la-Ville close to Paris round 00:30 AM Sunday (2230 GMT Saturday), 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 option to a neighbour’s house, from the place she referred to as the police. Slightly injured from a number of blows to the face, she was taken to hospital for a check-up.
“She is doing well,” Tapie’s grandson Rodolphe Tapie instructed AFP.
During the housebreaking the perpetrators “pulled her by the hair because they wanted to know where the treasure was”, the mayor of Combs-La-Ville, Guy Geoffroy, instructed AFP. “But of course there was no treasure, and the fact that they didn’t find one made the violence only worse.”
– Jewellery and a Rolex –
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 stated. “He is shattered, very tired. He was sitting on a chair when he was hit with a club.”
The burglars broke into Tapie’s house, an enormous property often known as the “Moulin de Breuil”, by way of a first-floor window, undetected by the guards.
They made off with two watches, together with a Rolex, earrings, bracelets and a hoop, in accordance with a supply near the investigation.
Tapie was a Socialist minister who rose from humble beginnings to construct a sporting and media empire, however later ran right into a string of authorized issues.
He made a fortune within the early a part of his profession by taking on failing firms in company raids, stripping them of their property and promoting them for revenue in the course of the high-rolling years of monetary deregulation in France.
He typically flaunted his wealth, together with by shopping for a 72-metre yacht and a soccer membership, Olympique de Marseille, which gained the French championship whereas he was their proprietor.
He has additionally been underneath suspicion of match-fixing in France’s prime soccer league.
He was briefly minister for city affairs in Francois Mitterrand’s authorities in 1992.
– Many authorized troubles –
Tapie was discovered responsible in a collection of instances for corruption, tax fraud and misuse of company property, went to jail for 5 months and was stripped of the appropriate 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 performing, singing 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 vastly controversial settlement value 400 million euros ($470 million at present charges) awarded to him by a authorities arbitration panel, the dimensions of which despatched shockwaves by way of 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 Lyonnais, which was discovered to have undervalued the sportswear model.
– ‘Determined’ to face trial –
The case additionally ensnared then-finance minister Christine Lagarde, who now runs the European Central Bank. She was discovered responsible of “negligence”.
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.
Last autumn, Tapie’s fraud trial was postponed for causes of sick well being as a result of he was struggling a double abdomen most cancers and most cancers of the oesophagus which had been getting worse.
The trial is because of resume in May, with Tapie “determined” to be current, in accordance with his lawyer.
Police are treating Sunday’s incident as a violent theft and kidnapping, a supply near the investigation instructed AFP.
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