Police said on Sunday that former French minister, former Adidas boss, scandal-ridden tycoon Bernard Tappi and his wife were attacked by thieves when they robbed their house near Paris.
At around 00:30 on Sunday morning, when four men broke into a house in Combs-la-Ville near Paris, Tapie and his wife fell asleep, then they beat them and tied them with cables.
Dominique Tapie managed to release herself and called the police from a neighbor’s house. She suffered minor injuries from several blows and was sent to the hospital for examination.
It is expected to be released soon. “She is fine,” said grandson Rodolphe Tapie (Rodolphe Tapie).
Prosecutor Beatrice Angelelli said that 78-year-old Bernard was hit in the head with a truncheon, but he refused medical assistance.
A source close to the investigation told AFP that the thief stole two watches, one of which was a Rolex, earrings, bracelet and ring.
Three weeks ago, in the same Paris area, the two stars of the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, the Argentine Angel Di Maria and the Brazilian Maquinhos, were the targets of burglaries, one of which was a violent attack.
Tapie was a short-term minister of the socialist government Francois Mitterrand in 1992. He established a sports and media business empire, but there were more problems with the judicial system.
He gained wealth by taking over the failed company through suspicious methods.
He often flaunted his wealth, so he bought a 72-meter yacht and football club Olimpique Marseille, which won the title of French champion when he was the owner.
Tapie is also suspected of rigging the game in the first French football league.