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In France, Gerard Depardieu
at center of tax debate

Washington Post, by Edward Cody

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/22/2012 10:41:49 PM

PARIS — Gerard Depardieu, one of France’s most beloved movie actors, has played memorable roles enshrining him as a monument of French culture: Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” Cyrano de Bergerac in Edmond Rostand’s kitsch classic and Obelix in a cartoonish spoof of wily Gauls resisting the Romans. In real life, however, Depardieu has suddenly taken on a new role: filthy-rich tax-dodger, dissolute ingrate and traitor to his country in a time of need. It is a role he did not seek, but it has made him an unlikely political star at a time when France is bitterly

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/22/2012 10:48:47 PM     (No. 9080034)

They say he abandoned France, but the truth is that the socialists solutions only makes things worse, so he is doing them a favor to starve the beast.

I have nothing but respect for people who refuse to be abused by their government and will relocate to disallow their government´s greed from being sated at their expense. He was a victim, but now he´s a refugee.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: geneinnyc, 12/22/2012 10:58:01 PM     (No. 9080056)

"Je n´ai pas quitté la France, la France m´a quitté."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/23/2012 3:49:34 AM     (No. 9080183)

The liberals and socialists are like buzzards flying over the carcass of a taxpayer,picking every piece of meat off them until even the microbes don´t have anything left to eat.

So this actor is among the world´s most hated people right now along with LaPierre.

These people should go back to watching Jerry Lewis movies and leave this guy alone.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ann_n_GA, 12/23/2012 6:26:00 AM     (No. 9080237)

Who is John Galt?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 12/23/2012 7:22:27 AM     (No. 9080285)

His statement, that he did not want to live in a country that punished success, was a winner for me. Too bad our republicans, and the voters of my country (USA)don´t understand that.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 12/23/2012 8:33:25 AM     (No. 9080375)

Although Depardieu didn´t quite "go Galt" because he didn´t totally drop out, but simply moved, he came close.

This should be an object lesson for America´s present Administration and the Democrat Party, now the Socialist Party of America (or darn close to it): You cannot expect to suck the life out of a working person´s fruit of their labor and still expect them to thank you for the privilege of working for non-producers.

I really do wish more successful Americans would go Galt and "starve the beast" of American entitlement, unions and outright theft. If Obama thinks "It´s our turn now" is going to make his buddies prosperous, he should come clean with them and tell them the truth -- that taking money from producers and giving it to sloths kills the producer AND the sloth.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Miss Daisy, 12/23/2012 10:15:44 AM     (No. 9080550)

I am a US citizen who is now an expat working towards citizenship in my new country. Though I probably have less money than Gerard Depardieu´s housekeeper, my main goal in obtaining citizenship elsewhere is to be able to renounce my US citizenship. Why? For tax reasons. I can´t tell you how many people have said "good riddance" to me for my plans. They think I should be patriotic and pay my US taxes. Well, I have been patriotic and paid my taxes since I was 16 years old and for the past 20 years I have been paying more US taxes than at least 50% of Americans and have not lived in the US during those 20 years. What do I get for paying my US taxes while not living in the US? Not much. And I am incredibly unhappy at the way the US government is wasting the money I do pay in taxes. The only way I can make a change is to vote with my feet as all other measures have failed.

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