Scandal-ridden French tycoon Bernard Tapie dies at 78

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Flamboyant French tycoon Bernard Tapie, who made his fortune in the 1980s buying failing companies and selling them on, who became a minister and owner of football club Olympique de Marseille, before being sent to prison for match-fixing and losing his business empire, returning to riches and a corruption scandal over a 400m-euro compensation payout he received in 2008 for which he was accused of fraud, died on Sunday at the age of 78. 

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Larger-than-life French business mogul Bernard Tapie, who died on Sunday aged 78, was a symbol of the best and worst of high-rolling free market capitalism, reports FRANCE 24.