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 - World's Biggest Gold Coin Weighing 12Kg: Story Of India's Missing Artefact
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 - Bihar Shocker: Armed Robbers Loot Jewellery Shop In Hajipur, Owner Shot Dead | Video
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 - Annu Kapoor's iPad, Cash, Prada Bag Stolen; Actor Warns Indians Against Travelling France - Watch Viral Videos
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