UnionCorsque is one of 26 Criminal Organizations you may encounter, and appears only in the European Theatre of Operations. The name is a reference to the Unione Corse, a criminal organization (sometimes called the "French Mafia") based in Corsica and Marseilles that ran the famous "French Connection" heroin smuggling ring from the 1930s-1970s.
In the GameEdit
UnionCorsique is regarded as a Criminal Organization.
UnionCorsique appears in only one Theatre of Operation: Europe. In this Theatre, it will have a Hideout in almost every City, though the location of each Hideout may not be known at the start of each Mission.
You may occasionally encounter UnionCorsique agents Participating in Criminal Plots. It is also possible for the UnionCorsique Mastermind to be the head of such a Plot, and if so that Mastermind must be Arrested - as with all 26 other Masterminds - in order to complete the entire game.
There is no fundamental difference between any Criminal Organization, and UnionCorsique is no exception.
Full article at Wikipedia: Unione Corse
Although unofficially known as the "French Mafia" and involving many of the same criminal enterprises as the Italian Mafia, the Unione Corse is known to be smaller in numbers, far more secretive and much more tightly knit than their Sicilian counterparts. Whereas full membership in the Sicilian Mafia is restricted to those of Sicilian ethnic heritage (with no restrictions on associates), many Unione Corse members are not even French, and any association with the group is restricted to blood relatives of existing members. Law enforcement have thus found it very hard to extract information from members, who have an additional familial loyalty motive towards following their code of silence, which is similar to the Sicilian Omertà. Very few convictions and even fewer turncoats have ever been successfully captured from Unione Corse.
Although best known for their near-monopolization of the American and European heroin trade in the mid 20th century (the so called "French Connection), the Unione Corse has also branched out into other common organized criminal enterprises since the breakup of their heroin ring in 1972, such as money laundering, racketeering, prostitution, extortion, control of football clubs, high-value robbery, white-collar crime, tax avoidance/evasion, contract killing, and political corruption.