When Bernard Tapie spoke of his faith

Sunday, October 3, the former minister, former boss of OM, actor and entrepreneur died at the age of 78 from cancer he had been fighting for four years. During an interview with Audrey Crespo-Mara in “Sept à Huit” in December 2020, he spoke of his illness, his faith and his relationship to death. 

Already, in December of last year Bernard Tapie was very weakened by a double cancer of the stomach and the esophagus to which he succumbed Sunday, October 3 at the age of 78 years. At the time, the former minister, interviewed by Audrey Crespo-Mara in "Seven to Eight", had delivered on his battle against illness, but especially on his faith in God.

An open-hearted interview, despite his hoarse voice, rebroadcast sunday upon the announcement of his death.

"You must not confuse success and happiness" had launched Bernard Tapie with mischief adding that "to succeed in life is to be happy and to make those around you happy".

“I believe that those who believe in nothing imagine that if we believe in it it helps us with the difficult tests. "He continued before proposing a metaphor of faith:" Belief is like love, you cannot explain it to someone who has never known love. Tell someone who doesn't love, who has never loved, that you are head over heels in love with everything that entails. It is not to recognize the benefits, it is simply that you have been brought to know love ”.

He also confided in praying every day and evoked the soul and the life after death as obvious: “it's all that we do not see but feel. Mitterrand called this the force of the spirit. But it's obvious, there is no doubt about it. Finally for me. The body is mechanical. The spirit is the heart and the soul ”.

To the question: "what did life teach you in the end?" "The former OM boss replied with a quote from Confucius:" that experience is a candle that only illuminates the one who wears it ".

In conclusion, Bernard Tapie energetically appealed to enjoy life as long as we are in good health!

Described as a "magnificent barker" in Le Soir, the businessman touches everything "was undoubtedly one of the personalities that the French liked the most to adulate and hate" according to the Swiss daily Le Temps.

He embodied "a force", "a will", "a rage to win" writes when to him, President Emmanuel Macron in the letter he published in tribute to the former minister in Provence.

"Bernard Tapie has left us but his breath will continue to live in the Phocaean City".

Camille Westphal Perrier

Image credit: Creative Commons / Wikimedia

Article originally published in October 2021.

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