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Gerard Depardieu's Tax Flight Stirs Fierce Debate In France
12-28-2012, 08:05 AM
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Gerard Depardieu's Tax Flight Stirs Fierce Debate In France
http://www.npr.org/2012/12/27/168143152/...-in-france

From the article:
Quote:Gerard Depardieu, one of France's most iconic and beloved film stars, is now at the center of a national uproar over French taxes and patriotism.

Depardieu, who has been in around 200 films, says he's moving to Belgium to avoid paying a new 75 percent tax on the superwealthy. The move has divided the country and has focused attention on the Socialist government's controversial new tax policy.

The uproar began just before Christmas, when it came to light that Depardieu bought a home in Nechin, a drab Belgian village less than a mile over the French border. Depardieu admitted to establishing a foreign residence to escape new French tax rates.

French President Francois Hollande is counting on the rich to balance the country's budget for the first time since 1973. So Depardieu's move didn't go over well with the government.

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Looks like the illness of affluenza, loosely defined as an addition to one's economic status and growth, esp. at the expense of others, isn't limited to the USA. Not to mention that Depardieu's response is right out of RW-squawk radio. Rolleyes
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