Burglars broke into the house of former Socialist minister and business tycoon Bernard Tapie and attacked him and his wife in Combs-La-Ville near Paris on April 4, according to police.
Four men broke into the Tapie’s residence, passing security guards during the night when the couple were asleep, then beat them up and tied them using electrical cords before stealing their jewelry.
The intruders hit 78-year-old Bernard over the head with a club while he was sitting on a chair, but he refused to be taken into medical care, his grandson Rodolphe Tapie told AFP News.
“He is shattered, very tired,” Rodolphe said.
The intruders also attacked Bernard’s wife, Dominique, slightly injuring her with several blows to the face.
Dominique was reportedly taken to the hospital for a check-up, but was expected to be quickly released.
“She is doing well,” Rodolphe said.
The intruders also pulled Dominique’s hair “because they wanted to know where the treasure was,” Mayor Guy Geoffroy told AFP News.
“But of course there was no treasure, and the fact that they didn’t find it made the violence only worse,” Geoffroy said.
The burglars reportedly stole two watches, including a Rolex, bracelets, earrings, and a ring.
Dominique was the one who called the police after she managed to free herself and went to her neighbor’s house.
Bernard was an urban affairs minister from 1992 to 1993 and had built a sporting and media empire. He formerly owned sportswear manufacturer Adidas and took over newspaper La Provence, as well as other newspapers. He also bought ownership of football club Olympique de Marseille.
However, Bernard later faced a series of legal battles concerning corruption, fraud, and misuse of corporate assets for decades and had to spend five months in jail.
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