French Actor to Give up Passport Over Taxes

Says French government is punishing "success, creation and talent"


French actor Gerard Depardieu says he is handing back his French passport after the prime minister criticised him for moving to Belgium to avoid taxes.

In a letter to a newspaper he lambasted the French government for punishing "success, creation and talent".

Last week the 63-year-old actor announced he was moving to the small Belgian town of Nechin just over the French border.