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Gerard Depardieu Slams French Government Over High Taxes

French star Gerard Depardieu has upped the ante in his tax battle with the government of French President Francois Hollande, threatening to hand back his French passport in protest.

In an open letter to President Hollande and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault published Sunday in Le Journal du Dimanche, the Oscar-nominated actor said he was "insulted" by government attacks on his decision to move to a town in Belgium just across the French border in an apparent attempt to avoid paying higher French taxes.

Depardieu's move comes in response to a new 75 percent tax on the wealthy introduced by Hollande's left-leaning government. The new tax rate, which comes in next year, will tax all income above $1.3 million (€1 million) at the new 75 percent rate. Across the border in Belgium, there is no wealth tax and capital gains on stock sales are also tax-free.

Source: Hollywood Reporter. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    "Across the border in Belgium, there is no wealth tax and capital gains on stock sales are also tax-free."

    And if Depardieu moves, some brain-dead politico will call him "immoral" for not sticking around to be mugged.

  • Brutus||

    Oh, I'm on a Yahoo thread about this very thing right now, and there are people saying just that, including French gov't officials.

    Depardieu was dinged for 85% of his income this year, and has paid over $190 million in taxes over his lifetime.


  • ||

    Let's be honest here, it was the tax on people with huge noses that really ran him off.

  • RightNut||

    If that was the case no one would be living in France!

    Ya, I went there.