Authorities confirm that the request for details concerns an account held at Swiss bank UBS by the former Arsenal captain.
Court of Auditors finds inaccurate projections left a hole of 16 billion euros on expected returns from VAT, and income and corporation tax.
Prime minister Manuel Valls says move will exempt 1.8 million households from income tax, with €1 billion cost funded by anti tax fraud measures.
Premier Manuel Valls says Euro is too strong, unveils tax cuts for less well-off and pledges to defend France's social model despite spending cuts.
A less wide-ranging scheme will be seen as a victory for banks and trading organisations that have lobbied furiously against the idea in Europe.
Google refuses to comment on 'rumour' of huge bill following probe into how internet search giant transfers tax liability between different countries.
Half of France's babysitters and teaching assistants and a third of domestic cleaners are paid 'under the table' says new survey.
Probe relating to France's richest man Bernard Arnault concerns a capital increase of 2.9 billion euros in LVMH's Belgian holding company.
Furious wine makers launch campaign against tax hike and tighter advertising rules they claim would be 'very bad for the image of France'.
A delegation from Jersey visited the French ambassador to London in an attempt to have the island removed from France's tax blacklist.
Newspaper says UBS and Credit Suisse are asking for a document certifying customers' accounts are in line with tax authority requirements.
Disgraced former minister Jérôme Cahuzac placed under formal investigation for allegedly failing to fully disclose his financial holdings to state.
But promise comes as minister announces creation of "carbon tax" and amid reports that overall tax burden on French will rise next year.
Long-awaited plan for express rail service from Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport close to being finalised and may be funded from new ticket taxes.
Football chiefs order AS Monaco, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, to relocate to France to end financial advantage over other clubs.