The penetration of unknown robbers into the house of the French politician and businessman Bernard Tapi is reported by the BFM TV channel.
The incident took place at the Tapi’s country estate, located near the French capital, in the Seine-et-Marne department. Four unknown persons entered the house while 78-year-old Dominik Tapi and his wife were sleeping.
The criminals beat and tied the millionaire and his wife, then stole the jewelry in the house and fled, France 24 reports with reference to AFP. Rescue services, called by neighbors, provided assistance to the victims, the businessman’s wife was hospitalized. Guy Geoffroy, mayor of Combe-la-Ville, home of the former Adidas owner, says:
The attack was very aggressive, because the attackers could not find anything of value and did not take much with them. They thought they had climbed into the treasury, but it turned out that there was nothing to take. Of course, Bernard Tapi is a famous person, everyone knows about the scandal associated with him. But he and his wife took the situation with dignity.
It is not yet known how “successful” the robbery became for the intruders. The police are investigating the incident. The criminals have not been detained.
Currently, the former politician and businessman is struggling with cancer, he has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Until the 2000s, Tapi was involved in politics as a member of the French Radical Left Party. Since 1986, he has been President of the Olympic Marseille Football Club for 8 years. From 1990 to 1993 he owned the Adidas corporation. He currently heads the Bernard Tapie Group and owns 89% of the La Provence Group, which publishes the newspapers La Provence and Corse-Matin. In 2019, his fortune was estimated at € 200-250 million.