Bernard Tapie, established for a time as a symbol of social success before being overtaken by legal troubles, died Sunday at 78 of cancer from which he had been suffering for several years, his family announced through the press group Provence. The businessman was indeed a judicial soap in its own right, leaving behind some resounding lawsuits.
160 days in jail
We live in 1980 when Bernard Tapie is called to the bar for fooling a former Central African emperor. The young entrepreneur had bought him his seven French castles and made him believe that they would be confiscated by the law. The monarch wins the case and the sale is cancelled.
But the story doesn’t stop there. The former minister is then illustrated in the VA-OM corruption case in which players from Valenciennes are paid to relax during a match against the Marseillais just before the Champions League final. Bernard Tapie then spent more than 160 days in prison.
The end of the criminal proceedings
keep staying the Crédit Lyonnais affair. In this case, Bernard Tapie was suspected of having “manipulated” to the detriment of the state a 2008 arbitration aimed at settling his longstanding dispute with Crédit Lyonnais over the sale of Adidas in the 1990s. euro, has since been withdrawn in a civil action for “fraud”. In 2015, the entrepreneur’s assets were put into liquidation. The civil proceedings were still pending.
On June 2, the prosecution had requested against him… five years suspended sentence for complicity in fraud and misappropriation of public funds, as well as sentences ranging from three months probation to two years in prison against his five co-convicts. But his death will lead to the end of the criminal proceedings against him.
After a general acquittal in July 2019, the court would rule on Wednesday. With her death, she will not pronounce acquittal or conviction. Also, as usual, she sees the end of public action against her, according to sources familiar with the case.
On the other hand, she must speak out about the fate of the five men who were tried by her side, including Orange’s boss, Stéphane Richard, Bernard Tapie’s historic lawyer, Maurice Lantourne, the former magistrate, Pierre Estoup and two senior officials. .