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Depardieu arrives at Ballon d'Or gala with Blatter

Gerard Depardieu has arrived at the Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich with Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

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Gerard Depardieu arrives with Sepp Blatter at the Ballon d'Or gala. Credit: RTV

The actor recently caused controversy after he decided to leave France for tax reasons and was presented with a Russian passport on Sunday. He later met Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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The actor recently collected a Russian passport. Credit: RTV

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Picture: Gerard Depardieu meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

Depardieu given Russian citizenship by Putin over tax row

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Vladimir Putin signs order giving Gérard Depardieu Russian citizenship

Russia has granted citizenship to French actor Gerard Depardieu.

He announced at his annual news conference last month that he made the offer to the Gaelic star after Depardieu bought a house in Belgium, close to the French border in an apparent attempt to avoid France's new top rate of tax.

Watch Emma Murphy's report on the row between one of France's biggest stars and authorities here.

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Russia offers Depardieu a passport after French tax row

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Putin: I’m sure the French authorities did not want to offend Mr Depardieu. But if he’d like to have a Russian passport, consider it settled

Vladimir Putin has threatened a diplomatic row with France after offering actor Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport.

He has bought a house in Belgium, close to the French border in an apparent attempt to avoid France's new top rate of tax - a move labelled "pathetic" by the French prime minister.

Watch Emma Murphy's report on the row between one of France's biggest star and authorities here.

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