According to officials, the former owner of Adidas and scandalous French tycoon Bernard Tapie and his wife were tied with electric cables and brutally beaten during a brutal theft at their home.
Tapi, 78, and his wife, Dominic Tapi, 70, were sleeping at their home in Combs-la-Ville near Paris around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when four men broke in and tied them up, police said.
The suspects hit Tapi in the head with a stick, but he did not want to be hospitalized, the outlet reported.
“My grandfather refused to be taken away,” said his grandson, Rodolphe Tapie. “He is broken, very tired. He was sitting in a chair when he was hit with a stick. ”
His wife ̵
She was hospitalized for a brief examination.
“She is doing well,” the couple’s grandson told AFP.
The thieves pulled Dominic Tappi by the hair, “because they wanted to know where the treasure was,” said Combs-la-Ville mayor Guy Geoffroy. “But, of course, there was no treasure, and the fact that they didn’t find it only made the violence worse.”
The suspects eventually took off with two watches, one of which was a Rolex, as well as earrings, bracelets and a ring, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
Bernard Tapie is an ex A socialist minister who came from a humble beginning, but eventually built a sports and media empire – before he got into legal trouble.
He was the majority shareholder of the sportswear brand Adidas, as well as the owner of the football club Olympique de Marseille, which won the French championship during its ownership.
He also briefly served as French Minister for Urban Affairs of Francois Mitterrand’s government from 1992 to 1993.
At the time, however, Tapier was found guilty in various cases of corruption, tax fraud and misuse of corporate assets. In 1997, he spent five months behind bars and was barred from running in elections in France.
Since his release, he has had limited experience playing and organizing concerts on television and radio.
In 2012, he became a media boss, taking over the southern French daily La Provence and other newspapers.
Now he is facing criminal proceedings for a fraudulent 404 million euro ($ 450 million) arbitration package related to its sale to Adidas in the 1990s.
With Post wires