|Goodbye to Socialism|
Actor Gérard Depardieu fled the Socialist theft of his money
in France and moved to Belgium.
A world turned upside down
Former KGB head Vladimir Putin offers Depardieu a Russian passport as protection against French Socialists
Soon-to-be tax exile Gérard Depardieu can have a Russian passport if he wants it, the country’s President Vladimir Putin said after the French film star announced he would return his French one.
French actor Gérard Depardieu, under fierce criticism for going into self-imposed tax exile in Belgium, would be more than welcome in Russia, the country’s President Vladimir Putin said.
“If Gérard really wants a residency permit or a Russian passport, it’s a done deal,” Putin said at a press conference. “We have very friendly relations [with Depardieu], but I know that deep down he feels French,” reports France 24 News.
The scandal surrounding Depardieu’s move to a Belgian village a stone’s throw from the French border escalated earlier in December when French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault described the actor’s decision as “pathetic”.
In an open letter last Sunday the Cyrano de Bergerac star said he could not bear the “insult” and would be returning his French passport.
He also claimed that he had paid 85% tax in the last year, amid news that he had put his Paris mansion on the market for a reported 50 million euros.
The actor is leaving France as the government implements a new tax rate of 75% on earnings over one million euros.
Gerard Depardieu hands back his passport to move to Belgium
One of France's most famous actors is giving up his citizenship and is moving to Belgium. Gerard Depardieu is handing back his passport because of tax increases on the wealthy, imposed by the Socialist government of Francoise Hollande.