“But where has Bernard Tapie gone?” ” On this Monday, May 10, the day of resumption of his appeal trial, a line of photographers and cameramen awaits him in vain at the top of the steps of the courthouse, ready to draw as soon as he appears. At the same time, a similar welcoming committee is also losing patience outside the courtroom doors. For once, the person preferred to flee the media.
It is through a back door that he bursts into the courtroom of the Paris Court of Appeal. The pale face, the hair a little sparse, the emaciated figure, the former businessman who is battling double cancer floats a little in his dark suit. For the rest, Bernard Tapie remains true to himself: a juggler in front of the eternal. Of course, he has lost his voice, but his verve remains intact. Weakened but still combative, the former boss of OM, victim of a violent burglary in early April, wants to be heard, even with scarred vocal cords.
In October, his appeal trial on suspicion of fraud in the controversial arbitration case that awarded him 403 million euros in 2008 – he appears in the company of five other people, all acquitted at first instance, including his former lawyer, Me Maurice Lantourne and Stéphane Richard, the former chief of staff of Christine Lagarde and current CEO of Orange – had been suspended because of his state of health. Eight months later, the debates pick up where they left off.
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