The burglars broke into Tapie’s home, a vast estate known as the Moulin de Breuil, through a first-floor window, undetected by guards.
He often flaunted his wealth, buying a 72-metre yacht and a football club, Olympique de Marseille, which won the French championship while he was their owner. He has been under suspicion of match-fixing in France’s top football league. He was briefly the minister for urban affairs in François Mitterrand’s government in 1992.
Tapie was found guilty in a series of cases for corruption, tax fraud and misuse of corporate assets