• France's news in English

Swiss aid in tax probe of former French footballer

AFP · 19 Aug 2014, 11:15

Published: 19 Aug 2014 11:15 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The Swiss government's weekly list of official administrative announcements showed that the Alpine country's tax administration had received a request for assistance from France.
The government said that it would provide French authorities with documents related to assets at a branch of Swiss banking giant UBS.
It did not specify whether the ex-France centre back, who played for England's Chelsea among other clubs, was considered to have done anything wrong or was simply subject to a routine probe.
Switzerland and France have a longstanding accord that fights tax fraud and ensures individuals do not pay tax on the same money to both countries.
Under the rules, France is required to make formal requests for information about named individuals.
Desailly is not the only former France international who is being investigated by his homeland's tax authorities.
In June, Switzerland said it was helping Paris investigate ex-midfielder Patrick Vieira, who now works for English club Manchester City.
The previous month, it announced that it had received a request for information about former midfielder Claude Makelele, the current manager of French club Bastia.
As with Desailly, Switzerland did not say whether any wrongdoing was involved in the Vieira and Makelele cases.
Under Swiss law, Desailly has 30 days to say whether he opposes the handover of documents.
Desailly was a member of France's victorious 1998 World Cup and 2000 European championship squads.
He became captain of Les Bleus after the latter tournament, and also captained Chelsea during his 1998-2004 stint with the Londoners.
He ended his France career in 2004, after notching up what was then a record 116 caps for his country.
Since retiring from the professional game in 2006, Desailly, who is now 45, has carved out a career as a television pundit in Britain.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Homeless man dines at top tables in France, then runs off
Photo: Prayitno/Flickr

"A man's gotta eat," he told police, after racking up gigantic bills in some of France's plushest restaurants.

Underwater museum hopes to make a splash in Marseille
A similar underwater museum piece by Jason deCaires Taylor. Photo: julie rohloff/Flickr

Don't forget your scuba gear...

Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Photo: Jacme/Flickr

Move over Paris...

And France's top chef of the year is... 'Monsieur Idiot'
Alexandre Couillon might have an unfortunate name, but he can sure cook!. Photo: AFP

Look beyond the name. He's the man who turned his family's humble "moules frites" joint into one of France's best seafood restaurants.

Could France do more to ease the worries of 'Brexpats'?
Photo: AFP

Paris is rolling out the red tape for British firms, so why not British citizens in France?

Brexit: Brits in France could face 'cataclysmic' impact
Photo: AFP

Can't France make it easier for Britons to get French nationality?

In their own words: Why French police are in revolt
"Solidarity with our colleagues". Police protesting near Paris. Photo: AFP

Police have staged protests for three nights in a row across France. Here's why they say they're fed up.

France leaning right six months before election
Candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains Alain Juppe and Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: AFP

... and the left has been left in suspended animation.

Disgruntled French police stage protests for third night
Photo: AFP

The French government is struggling to deal with a revolt among the country's police force.

Scarlett Johansson to run Paris gourmet popcorn shop
Photo: AFP

She'll even be serving customers apparently.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
The ups and downs of being both French and English
How Brexit vote has changed life for expats in France
Twelve French insults we'd love to have in English
What's on in France: Ten of the best events in October
Want to drive a scooter around Paris? Here's what you need to know
jobs available