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Monday 17 December 2012

Quel Choc! (Part Deux)

A new report today from the BBC states that M. Depardieu is to give up his French passport, following his move over the border to Belgium.

The star of Asterix & Obelix is very upset by comments from M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, the prime minister.

From the BBC report:

The prime minister had suggested that Depardieu's move to the town of Nechin, just over the border from the French city of Lille, was unpatriotic at a time of cutbacks.

"I find this quite shabby. All that just to avoid paying tax," he said on France 2 TV channel. "Paying a tax is an act of solidarity, a patriotic act."

M. Depardieu says that so far in his career, he has paid €145,000,000 in taxes.

Given that vast sum, I am inclined to sympathise with him!

Until the next time.


Anonymous said...

not short of a bob or two then, is he?

Paul said...

No he isn't, though it's reported he's been paying about 85% tax...

He would be short if he stayed in France next year though; reminds me of the Beatles: "One for you nineteen for me" a reference to the enlightened tax policies on the 1960s.