Depardieu a role model: Belgium welcomes other French tax exiles
December 18, 2012
The Belgian Foreign Minister has given carte blanche to anyone planning to follow in Gerard Depardieu’s footsteps and move to Belgium in an attempt to escape higher French taxes.
“If other French people want to come to Belgium, I’m not at all opposed,” Didier Reynders said in an interview with Le Figaro.
He emphasized that France shouldn’t be blaming Belgium if some residents, one of the leading lights of national cinema among them, are leaving the country.
“…It is totally fallacious to believe that we Belgians would do everything to attract the French. No! It turns out that for years, France has freely chosen a tax system that carries consequences and led the French to leave the country,” he added.
Earlier this week ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ star Depardieu said he was renouncing his French citizenship over the “insulting” criticism and accusations of tax evasion he faced after announcing plans to move to Belgium.
“I don’t ask for approval, but I could at least be respected!” Depardieu wrote in an open letter to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. “All those who have left France have not been insulted as I have been,” the actor noted. Complete article HERE
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