The businessman Bernard Tapie and his wife Dominique were assaulted and assaulted during the night of Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 April, during the burglary at their home in Combs-la-Ville (Seine-et-Marne), at a forty kilometers from Paris. The criminals stole several valuables, before fleeing. Franceinfo takes stock of what we know about this case.
An assault in the middle of the night
Four burglars, hooded and dressed in black, entered the home of the Tapie couple, shortly after midnight. “They were woken up by flashlights in their faces, according to a relative of the file cited by The Parisian. The attackers wanted to know where the safe was. They went after Dominique, hitting her in the face. “
The couple tied up and punched several times
Bernard Tapie, 78, was beaten with a baton by burglars, according to Melun’s prosecutor, Béatrice Angelelli. The businessman and his wife were also tied up with electric cables and then beaten up. It is Dominique Tapie, the wife of the former Minister of the City, who succeeded in sounding the alarm, by taking refuge with a neighbor, around 1 am. She was transported to Fontainebleau hospital for examinations, but her condition did not require hospitalization. “She was hit several times, but she’s fine, declared about him to AFP Rodolphe Tapie, the grandson of the businessman. All my family joined them there, they are well surrounded. “ He also spoke on Twitter earlier in the morning.
Thank you for your messages of support! I am shocked by the cowardice of these individuals … tied up by the cables of the lamps and beaten with batons …
They are better but deeply shocked, KO and a lot of bruises …
United more than ever
– Rod (@RodTapieM) April 4, 2021
Dominique tapie “was pulled by the hair because there was a treasure that had to be found … Of course, there was no treasure and the violence was all the stronger as they found nothing “, declared on the spot the LR mayor of the city, Guy Geoffroy, who saw the couple after the attack. It “took quite a few hits, his face bears the marks. They are in shock, but the Tapies are solid.”, he added.
The Elysée has confirmed that the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, had called Bernard Tapie to inquire about him. The businessman, who suffers from cancer of the stomach and esophagus, did not wish to be taken by the emergency services. He assured that he was going “very good” to our colleagues from BFMTV.
Several valuables were stolen from them
The burglars left with several valuables belonging to the couple: two watches, including a Rolex, earrings, bracelets and a ring have notably disappeared from the couple’s home, AFP said.
No arrest at this stage
The burglars fled after the assault and no one has yet been arrested. According to The Parisian, a glove belonging to the criminals was found at the scene. The Melun prosecutor’s office opened an investigation for “aggravated theft with violence and forcible confinement”, the investigation was entrusted to the judicial police of Versailles. DNA samples are in progress at the couple’s residence.