Officials said that the former boss of Adidas, scandal-ridden French tycoon Bernard Tapie (Bernard Tapie) and his wife were tied up by wires and beaten when they suffered a violent burglary at their home.
According to Agence France-Presse, police said that 78-year-old Tappy and his 70-year-old wife Dominique Tappy slept at their home in Combs-la-Ville near Paris at 12:30 am on Sunday when four men were there. Broke in and tied them up, according to Agence France-Presse.
According to reports, the suspect hit Tapie with the club, but he did not want to be hospitalized.
“My grandfather refused to take it away,” his grandson Rodolphe Tapie told the media. “He broke down and was very tired. He was sitting in a chair when he was hit by the club.”
His wife was slightly injured as a result of several blows and managed to release herself and found a safe place in a neighbor’s house, where she called the police.
She was hospitalized for a brief examination.
The couple’s grandson told AFP: “She is doing well.”
The anti-thief pulled Dominique Tapie with his hair, “because they want to know where the treasure is,” Cobbslavell Mayor Guy Geoffroy told the media. “But, of course there is no wealth, and the fact that they have not found it makes the violence worse.”
A source close to the investigation told AFP that the suspect eventually took two watches, one of which was a Rolex, as well as earrings, bracelets and rings.
Bernard Tapie used to be The Minister of Socialism was humble at first, but eventually built a sports and media empire before getting into legal trouble.
He is the majority shareholder of the sportswear brand Adidas and the owner of the football club Olympique de Marseille, winning the French championship during his ownership.
From 1992 to 1993, he briefly served as the French Minister of Urban Affairs in the government of François Mitterrand.
But then Tappi was found guilty of corruption, tax fraud and misuse of company assets in various cases. He spent five months in prison in 1997 and was barred from participating in any French elections.
After his release, he performed and hosted performances on television and radio.
In 2012, he became the boss of the media and took over the daily newspaper Provence and other newspapers in the south of France.
Now he is Facing criminal trial for a fraudulent arbitration scheme involving 404 million euros ($450 million today) related to his sale of Adidas in the 1990s.