The Unione Corse is a secret society and criminal organisation operating primarily out of Corsica and Marseilles in France. Unlike the Sicilian Mafia, it has not attempted to gain a foothold in the United States, and thus does not have the other organization's notoriety. The Unione Corse were the primary organisers of the French Connection, the monopoly that controlled trade in heroin between France and the United States of America and was active from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The symbol of the Unione Corse is the same as the symbol for Corsica generally: the Maure, or Moor's Head, a depiction of a black human head with a rag tied around the forehead, on a white field. In the case of a member of this society, this symbol is often worn as a pendant or a watch fob.
... affiliated to the French-Corsican Mob or Unione Corse's famous "French Connection" heroin distribution ring ... sources were French underworld "Clans" that made up the core of the Unione Corse Syndicate, or French Mob ... Auguste Joseph Ricord was another boss that became part of the Unione Corse in the 1960s-70s ...
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