Depardieu kisses French passport goodbye

2012-12-16 20:25

Paris - A French newspaper is quoting actor Gerard Depardieu as saying he is turning in his passport after insults from France's Socialist prime minister for taking up residence in tax-friendly Belgium.

The Sunday weekly Le Journal du Dimanche published an open letter attributed to Depardieu in which the actor chides Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault for calling him "pathetic" and "unpatriotic" last week for moving to Belgium to escape French taxes.

"I leave after paying 85% of my revenue in 2012," the letter says. "I turn into you my passport and [my] social security card which I have never used."

Depardieu, who turns 64 this month, has made more than 100 films.

The Belgian village of Nechin - Depardieu's new home - has drawn other high-earning French residents.

Comments

  • banie.joubert - 2012-12-16 22:29

    Good for him. Piss of your tax payers and this is what you get.

  • Ponkie Diel - 2012-12-17 10:11

    Please don't steal Sharon, all governments hate competition.

      sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-12-17 10:30

      LOL Ponkie, no I won't steal illegally, but I have done most of the above. I have LEGALLY not payed taxes for the last 40 years in all the many first world countries that I have lived in. Yes I am a tax refugee, by choice, as many years ago I came to the conclusion that the wealthy don't pay enough because they Avoid AND Evade, and the government squanders what it gets, whether it be over priced tenders, "con-tract" workers, or just good ole plain corruption.

      sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-12-17 10:55

      and before anyone gets on their high horse and says, "but but if you don't pay your fair share society will break down", my answer is, Take a look around you, note how public enterprises which were paid for by past taxes is now being sold off to private enterprise and new levies are extorted from the public to pay for the upkeep and usage of such previous public enterprises by "Piet Pompies", AND the government mafia taxes are still there. e.g. the eToll saga. Roads were fully paid for by taxes, now the roads are privately owned and toll booths abound, have your personal taxes or has the fuel tax decreased accordingly ?...

  • klaus.walter.7146 - 2012-12-17 18:50

    The folks who are getting free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff. The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting! Now... The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist. So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place. We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free tuff. Now understand this: all great democracies havecommitted financial suicide after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.

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