Horrific injuries inflicted on French tycoon Bernard Tapie, 78, and wife, 70, by burglars in the photo
The gruesome injuries inflicted on billionaire businessman Bernard Tapie and his wife during an ‘extremely violent’ burglary on their luxury estate near Paris have been portrayed.
The former French minister, 78, and his wife, 70-year-old Dominique Tapie, were beaten up before being tied up with power lines at their country house in Combs-La-Ville on Saturday night.
Now, in the previously unseen photos, the extent of the injuries the couple sustained is clear.
Mr. Tapie, who was hit with a club over the head when the group of men entered his house, now has a bloodshot eye after the blow. His cheeks and lips are also badly bruised and cut.
His wife also has a black eye and bruises on her nose, chin and cheeks after being beaten in the attack.
The horrific injuries that billionaire businessman Bernard Tapie (left) and his wife Dominique (right) inflicted during an ‘extremely violent’ burglary on their luxury estate near Paris have been portrayed. Mr. Tapie, who was hit over the head with a club when the group of men entered his house, now has a bloodshot eye after the blow
Mr. Tapie’s cheeks and lips are also badly bruised after the attack (left). His wife (right) also has a black eye and bruises on her nose, chin and cheeks after being hit during the attack.
The new photos come as Paris prosecutors said today that they have opened an investigation into the gang robbery.
The couple were asleep when four men broke into their home, beating and strapping them with power cords.
As a sign of the seriousness of the case, the investigation by prosecutors in Paris has been taken from local prosecutors in the town of Melun outside the capital.
Paris prosecutors said they have opened an investigation into “organized gang robbery, detaining someone against their will to commit a crime, and belonging to a criminal group.”
Bernard Tapie was attacked on Saturday evening by burglars ‘in search of treasures’ in his luxury estate near Paris
Mrs. Tapie managed to free herself and made her way to the neighbor’s house where she called the police.
She was then taken to hospital for treatment after several blows to the face. But Mr. Tapie, once the owner of Adidas and who fights cancer, refused to be taken to hospital.
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.
Dominique Tapie, 70, raised the alarm after she managed to free herself from her electrical cables
Local prosecutors said the burglars got away with two watches, including a Rolex, and jewelry such as earrings, bracelets and a ring.
Guy Geoffroy, the mayor of Combs-La-Ville, said Ms. Tapie raised the alarm after detaching herself.
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.”
Police officers cordoned off the area at their luxury home in the southeastern suburbs of the French capital, Paris
It comes as Mr. Tapie awaits a major fraud trial after a colorful career in which he has constantly gotten into trouble with the law.
Mr Tapie was a socialist minister in France while building a sports and media empire at the same time.
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.
Mr. Tapie has also been criminally convicted of tax fraud and misuse of company assets, 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.
Mr Tapie’s latest fraud case was suspended last year because he was suffering from cancer. It should resume in May.