French football stars cry foul over UBS 'offshore' account allegations

UBS and its subsidiary UBS France were earlier this year placed under formal investigation for conspiracy in illegal sales of banking services in a wide-ranging judicial probe into evidence suggesting the bank enabled wealthy French nationals to evade tax on assets deposited in undeclared Swiss accounts. Mediapart has gained exclusive access to documents that illustrate how UBS enticed wealthy French footballers to place their assets with the bank, and which raise further questions over its suspected complicity in tax fraud. Mathilde Mathieu, Michaël Hajdenberg and Dan Israel report.

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Mediapart has gained exclusive access to documents that illustrate how the French arm of Zurich-based banking giant UBS, now the subject of a French judicial investigation into suspected organisation of tax evasion, enticed wealthy French footballers to place their assets with the bank and which raise further questions about its alleged complicity in tax fraud.