Eclectic French tycoon Tapie, dies aged 78

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By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) – Bernard Tapie’s rags-to-riches life story of a failed pop singer-turned-tycoon who dabbed into politics, bought a top soccer club and did a stint in jail transfixed France for decades. He died on Sunday aged 78, having suffered from stomach cancer in the final years of his life. Tapie was born in Paris in 1943, the son of a plumber, and pulled himself out of a poor suburban childhood to become one of France’s richest men and buy Olympique de Marseille football club in 1986 and sports retailer Adidas in 1990. He revived the ailing club to see it win its only…

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