The former French minister and tycoon Bernard Tapie has died from cancer at the age of 78, his family have told the press group La Provence, which he owned.
Briefly a socialist minister under President Mitterand in the early 1990ss Kenyon Wallace and May Warren, he built a sporting and media empire but was known for a string of scandals and legal problems.
As owner of the football club Olympique de Marseille he enjoyed success when the club won the French championship and later the Champions League in 1993. But soon after, allegations of match fixing emerged, with Tapie at the centre of suspicions.
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