Burglars defeated French billionaire tycoon Bernard Tapie, 78, and his 70-year-old wife and tied them up in an ‘extremely violent’ attack on their luxury estate near Paris
- Bernard Tapie, 78, and wife Dominique, 70, attacked a luxury home near Paris
- The burglars evaded security outside the estate in Combs-La-Ville last night
- They repeatedly hit the billionaire over the head and tied both with string
Controversial billionaire businessman Bernard Tapie is recovering from an ‘extremely violent’ burglary on his luxury estate near Paris.
The former French minister, 78, was repeatedly overlooked when a group of men broke into his country home in Combs-La-Ville on Saturday night.
They beat Tapie and his wife, 70-year-old Dominique Tapie, before tying them up with cords.
Bernard Tapie was attacked on Saturday evening by burglars ‘in search of treasures’ in his luxury estate near Paris
Mrs. Tapie was then taken to hospital for treatment, but her husband chose not to.
Their grandson Rodolphe Tapie said of the attack: “My grandfather refused to be taken.
‘He’s shattered, very tired. He was sitting in a chair when he was hit with a bat.
‘My grandmother was taken to the hospital for a check-up. It goes well with her. ‘
The burglars escaped the guards stationed outside to break into the house known as Moulin de Breuil through a first-floor window.
Local prosecutors said the burglars got away with two watches, including a Rolex, and jewelry.
Guy Geoffroy, the mayor of Combs-La-Ville, said Ms. Tapie raised the alarm after detaching herself.
Dominique Tapie, 70, raised the alarm after she managed to free herself from her electrical cables
He added: ‘[The raiders] pulled her 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.”
It comes as Tapie awaits a major fraud trial after a colorful career that has constantly got him in trouble with the law.
Tapie served as a socialist minister in France while building a sports and media empire at the same time.
Police officers cordoned off the area at their luxury home in the southeastern suburbs of the French capital, Paris
He once owned Ligue 1 side Marseille who won five French titles and the Champions League under him, although he was also found guilty of match-fixing and the side was relegated as punishment.
Tapie has also received criminal convictions for tax fraud and asset misuse, and at one point spent five months in prison.
After his release in 1997, he enjoyed a showbiz career that made him a household name in France.
Tapie’s latest fraud trial was suspended last year because he was suffering from cancer. It should resume in May.