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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.

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.

The actor recently collected a Russian passport. Credit: RTV

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Depardieu given Russian citizenship by Putin over tax row

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.

Russia offers Depardieu a passport after French tax row

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.