5:40 pm, Mon 07 Jan 2013
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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.
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.
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. Picture: Gerard Depardieu meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi
9:37 am, Thu 03 Jan 2013
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.
2:49 pm, Thu 20 Dec 2012
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.