Paris: Scandal-ridden tycoon and former owner of Adidas Bernard Tapie and his wife were in the wee hours of Sunday beaten and tied up during a burglary at their home in Paris. The couple was asleep when four people broke into their house in Combs-la-Ville near Paris around 00:30 AM local time (2230 GMT Saturday) on Sunday, brutally attacked them and tied them with electrical cords before making off with their loot, the police said. Also Read - Two Men Allegedly Rob People Using Monkeys in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, Arrested

Dominique Tapie, slightly injured, was able to free herself and rush to a neighbour’s home to alert the police. She was taken to the hospital. Also Read - Daaku Dulhaniya? Bride Runs Away With Cash & Jewellery After Her Wedding in 'Dolly ki Doli' Style

Meanwhile, reports said former French minister Bernard Tapie, who received a blow to his head, declined to be taken into medical care. There was no immediate information about what goods the perpetrators took and what the loot is worth. Also Read - ATM Robbery Foiled in Vasai: This is What 45-year-old Woman Did to Help Cops Catch The Thief

An investigation is on to nab the culprits and the police are treating Sunday’s incident as a violent robbery and kidnapping.

Tapie is a former Socialist minister who rose from humble beginnings to build a sporting and media empire. He was briefly the minister for urban affairs in Francois Mitterrand’s government in 1992.

However, he was later engulfed in a string of legal challenges.

At the beginning of his career, Tapie made a fortune in his career and was known to flaunt his wealth. He took over multiple failing companies and owned a 72-metre yacht and a football club. However, a single fraud case has dogged Tapie for over a decade with a hugely controversial settlement worth 400 million euros awarded to him by a French government arbitration panel, the size of which sent shockwaves through France.

He has also been under suspicion of match-fixing in France’s top football league.

With Agency inputs