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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gerard Depardieu Wants to Leave France Because of Taxes

Posted by on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM


Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who has waged a battle against a proposed super-tax on millionaires in his native country, has been granted Russian citizenship.

A brief announcement on the Kremlin website on Thursday revealed that President Vladimir Putin signed the citizenship grant following an application from the actor.

The former Oscar nominee and star of the movie "Green Card" has been vocal in his opposition to French President Francois Hollande's plans to raise the tax on earned income above (EURO)1 million ($1.33 million) to 75 percent from the current high of 41 percent. Russia has a flat 13-percent tax rate.

What I learned from this post: Russia is currently more American than America.


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Banna 1
Enjoy your flight, Mr. Depardieu; that will be a 75% "abandoning the country" tax.
Posted by Banna on January 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Russia has been the logical extension of American policy since Yeltsin left office. Where have you been?
Posted by johnjjeeves on January 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Kinison 3
I know liberals want to model their cities after european ones, but 75% tax on the upper class is a tad extreme.
Posted by Kinison on January 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
onion 4
yeah, 75% is kinda ridiculous.
Posted by onion on January 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
OuterCow 5
It's not the guillotine so they should consider themselves lucky.
Posted by OuterCow on January 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
Knat 6
The phrase "champagne problems" seems appropriate in more than one way.
Posted by Knat on January 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM · Report this
@3 and @4 during the 40s and 50s taxes got as high as 91 percent for top earners.
Posted by CbytheSea on January 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM · Report this
75% on earned income above 1 million euros. That's taxes only on money earned above 1 million euros. There was a time in this country when a Republican president had tax rates nearly that high. So congrats, France - you're right up there with America in the 1950's.
Posted by johnjjeeves on January 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM · Report this
@7 should have said in the US. Also in 1944 the top rate was 94?! Crazy.
Posted by CbytheSea on January 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 10
"But I don't wear puffy director's pants!"

"I, er, uh, it's a tax on not wearing puffy pants"
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 11
Denmark has a top rate of about 75 percent. Seems to work pretty well for them. They have what I would call First World infrastructure, unlike us.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM · Report this
Isn't the relevant tax code where you make the money usually? If he keeps earning in France, they're going to take their cut. I don't quite imagine that his career as a Russian movie star is be particularly successful, will it?
Posted by Sean on January 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 13
I kind of already knew that Depardieu was a self-centered prick.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM · Report this
I like how much Depardieu's tax shenanigans have been annoying the French. They may be not particularly fond of the tax, nor of its proponent their deeply unpopular President Hollande. But for Depardieu to complain that, having paid almost $200 million in taxes during his life, he should not be burdened further - the French are not putting up with that either.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
How exactly is Russia more American than America? Because they have a flat tax? I wasn't aware a flat tax was an American ideal.
Posted by easygimik on January 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM · Report this
T 16
In Soviet Russia, taxes evade you!
Posted by T on January 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM · Report this
I may have been waiting most of my life to automatically and witlessly respond to a right-wing complaint with, 'Don't like it?---then go to RUSSIA.'
Posted by Gerald Fnord on January 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 18
He'll have a hard time selling his crappy movies in France. And if he shoots off his mouth in Russia, he could find himself in a cell next to Pussy Riot.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM · Report this
@12, nope, it's where you maintain your primary residence.
Posted by sarah70 on January 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 20

The countries that take their cut of my foreign investments would disagree.

If he's still working in France, he will be paying at least some French taxes.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Dougsf 21
Wait, the Russians have acquired Depardieu technology? He's the closest living thing the world has to an actual Choose Your Own Adventure character, and now he's defected to the East. This can't be good.

@16 - Thank you.
Posted by Dougsf on January 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM · Report this
The hilarious irony: if the Kremlin really wants to fuck up one of their local oligarchs (say he want's to run as a reform candidate for example), want to guess how they do it?

Charge the poor (I mean mind numbingly rich) bastard with tax evasion.
Posted by Westside forever on January 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM · Report this
@10 All Depardieu wanted to do was to tell a story about a man. A radioactive man.....
Posted by Spindles on January 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM · Report this
SPG 24
The French gov't should force Depardouche to apply for a visa every time he wants to set foot in France.
Living in Russia is it's own tax.
Posted by SPG on January 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM · Report this

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