French billionaire, Bernard Tapie and his wife, were together attacked during a ‘highly violent’ burglary at his luxury estate near Paris.
The former owner of addidas, 78, was said to be hit severally on his head when a group of men made their way into his manor house in Combs-La-Ville over the night on Saturday, April 3. They also beat 70 – year-old Tapie’s wife, Dominique Tapie, before tying them up with electrical cords.
After the burglary incident, Mrs Tapie was rushed to the hospital for treatment but her husband refuse to.
Their grandson Rodolphe Tapie while sharing his experience on the attack said: ‘My grandfather refused to be taken away.
‘He is shattered, very tired. He was sitting on a chair when he was hit with a club.
‘My grandmother was taken to hospital for a check-up. She’s doing well.’
Local prosecutors made it known that the burglars got away with two watches, including a Rolex, and jewellery.
Guy Geoffroy, the Mayor of Combs-La-Ville said Mrs. Tapie had raised the alarm after untying herself and escaping to a neighbour’s home.
He added: ‘[The raiders] pulled her by the hair because they wanted to know where the treasure was.
‘But of course there was no treasure, and the fact that they didn’t find one made the violence even worse.’
Tapie, who is currently in a battle with cancer, served as a Socialist minister in France while he also building up a sports and media empire. He was once the owner of Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille which won five French titles and the Champions League under him, though he was also found guilty of match-fixing and the side was relegated as punishment.
In the past, he received criminal convictions for tax fraud and misuse of corporate assets, and at one stage went to prison for five months.