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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