Depardieu ‘to give up passport’ in tax exile row

Gerard Depardieu says he has never failed in his duties to pay taxes in France
Gerard Depardieu says he has never failed in his duties to pay taxes in France
Gerard Depardieu says he has never failed in his duties to pay taxes in France
Gerard Depardieu says he has never failed in his duties to pay taxes in France

French actor Gerard Depardieu says he is handing back his French passport after the prime minister criticised him for moving to Belgium to avoid taxes.

In a letter to a newspaper he lambasted the French government for punishing “success, creation and talent”.

Last week the 63-year-old actor announced he was moving to the small Belgian town of Nechin just over the French border.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault described the decision as “shabby”.

Next year, the top rate of income tax in France is due to become 75% on earnings above 1m euros. It is currently 50% in Belgium.

“I am not asking to be approved of, but I could at least be respected. All of those who have left France have not been insulted as I have been,” Depardieu said in the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.

He accused the government of Socialist President Francois Hollande of driving France‘s most talented figures out of the country.

“I am leaving because you consider that success,creation,

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