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  • Departing Depardieu: French Icon Says “Non” to Taxes, Gives D.C. a Lesson

    It’s not often that a Frenchman becomes a hero to conservatives, and extremely rare when he happens to be an actor. But even some Frenchmen have a threshold of pain when it comes to the confiscatory state.

    In this case it has been Gerard Depardieu, France’s best known thespian, who has announced that he won’t pay one cent more to his rapacious government, and will leave France rather than be taxed further.

    By playing the lead role in this real life Atlas Shrugged, Depardieu is showing would-be taxers all over what happens when you inflict too much pain on the people. Washington, which is at the moment agonizing over just how much more to tax already over-taxed Americans, should take notice of the consequences.

    Rather than raise taxes because of a fiscal cliff Members of Congress themselves created, our most enlightened politicians should, in fact, be offering Depardieu a green card, so that he can bring and invest his millions here—putting people to work. It would be another example of life imitating art, as Depardieu was the star of the 1990 hit Green Card about a Frenchman who overstayed his visa in the U.S.

    In an angry letter, Depardieu addressed the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande, which wants to raise taxes to 75 percent for French people who make above $1.31 million annually.

    “I was born in 1948, I began working at the age of 14 as a printer, as a store handler, then as a dramatic artist. I’ve always paid my taxes, whatever the level and under all serving governments.

    “At no moment have I avoided my duty,” Depardieu went on. “I am leaving because you consider that success, creation, talent, in fact, being different, must be punished.… I am a free being, Sir.”

    Depardieu has turned in his passport and is moving to Belgium, which has no wealth tax.

    Follow Mike Gonzalez on Twitter @gundisalvus.

    photo by: Luca Ciriani
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    2 Responses to Departing Depardieu: French Icon Says “Non” to Taxes, Gives D.C. a Lesson

    1. Pete says:


      It used to be our country looked favorably upon merit. We have changed to a country that views failure as a virtue.

    2. Bobbie says:

      I don't blame the honorable wealthy one bit. Government education has been manipulating the minds of the youth to assume controlled direction to get anywhere in life. Constricting the mind's abilities.. Without the freebies government hands out today, ones mind is always better educated to figure out what to do for oneself and if needed, through resources that has no government ties. People have to trust themselves to earn what they want in life. It's not going to come from government because "people" are nothing to government democrats but tools. Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the rich democrats well above their constituents' income, won't share their wealth unless the government forces it from them? that just makes corruptible sense. Nancy Pelosi "let me tax myself so I can take half of what I'm taxed for my service." How selfish to put all of us through this conceited desperation! that wiser minds (income irrelevant) know will effect the whole country at all levels, controlled crisis set ups everywhere. Government wants full control, thinking they'll fool the populace!

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