Gerard Depardieu is so aggrieved with the socialist government of Francois Hollande that he has moved to Belgium, just across the border from France, and may be on the verge of accepting Russian citizenship.
As Depardieu’s criticism of the proposed tax roiled his country, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called him “pathetic.”
Depardieu responded angrily in an open letter.
“I have never killed anyone, I don’t think I’ve been unworthy, I’ve paid (EURO)145 million ($190 million) in taxes over 45 years,” the 64-year-old actor wrote. “I will neither complain nor brag, but I refuse to be called `pathetic’.”
Depardieu said in the letter that he would surrender his passport and French social security card. In October, the mayor of a small Belgian border town announced that Depardieu had bought a house and set up legal residence there, a move that was slammed by Hollande’s newly-elected Socialist government.
Progressive taxation redistributes taxpayers, not taxes, if too much is seized for the privilege of being a citizen of the distributionist state. Some people have paid more in taxes than you and I and every reader of this blog will earn in their entire lifetimes. So show a little respect to the beleaguered multi-millionaire.