Gerard Depardieu Is Latest Refugee From French Millionaire Tax; Escapes To Belgium

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Three months ago many were angry and surprised (or not at all, as realistically this was a perfectly logical move), when Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH and the richest man in socialist France, decided he had had enough, and would move to Belgium to avoid Hollande's punitive taxes on France's wealthiest. The indignant media's mocking response in France was fast and furious, with many delighted to see the billionaire leave. We wonder how the media will respond as more and more wealthy Frenchmen decide, now that the seal has been broken, to do just that and leave France to its grassroots movement where it is only "fair" that those who have more income and/or wealth, pay more than everyone else to keep the myth of the ponzi scheme formerly known as the welfare state alive and well. Such as one of France's most popular actors, Gerard Depardieu, who is the latest high profile departure to leave his native country and go to Belgium to avoid the second coming of the "fairness doctrine" (the first one of course, doing less than spectacularly with that whole USSR thing).

From The Independent:

Gerard Depardieu is to leave his French homeland for Belgium in order to pay less tax.


The actor is the latest high profile figure to leave France after a series of wealth tax hikes by President Francois Hollande.


According to the local mayor Daniel Senesael, Depardieu has bought a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near the French border. He has also apparently enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency.


Senesael said Depardieu would join some 2,800 French living in the same area a few minutes’ drive from the border, including the Mulliez family, owners of French hypermarket chain Auchan and Decathlon sports stores, who have lived there for years.


Belgian residents do not pay capital gains tax on the sale of shares or wealth tax.


In France, however, individuals with assets over €1.3 million have to pay a hefty wealth tax.


“I think he wanted to enjoy the atmosphere in Belgium, our identity, the rural, bucolic setting,” Senesael told RTL radio.

Of course, from once beloved, to now most hated, we eagerly await the smear campaign which will focus not on his prolific work record, but on his most recent urinary escapades:

For Depardieu, best known for his roles as Obelix in the French “Asterix” films and as Cyrano de Bergerac in the 1990 film of the same name, the move will do nothing to improve his image, already tarnished by a series of embarrassing incidents.


He also controversially appears on new single by Googoosha, AKA Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's brutal dictator Islam Karimov. Earlier this year there were reports Depardieu will also star in a film by Karimova, who is one of the world's richest women.


And last year, he was thrown off a Paris to Dublin CityJet flight for urinating on the floor after exclaiming "I need to piss, I need to piss".


Cabin crew had apparently refused to allow him to go the lavatory while the plane was still on the runway awaiting take-off.


Depardieu later blamed the incident of "prostate problems", and claimed he simply urinated into a bottle that overflowed.

And while it is by now clear that slowly but surely France's millionaires will test the null hypothesis of the trickle down theory: because while it may not work in theory, it will certainly not work when there is no wealth left to tax, and trickle down, the question now is who will be the first American to hand over his passport to Uncle Sam after next year's tax hike, and move on to greener pastures. Needless to say, if the US Tax Code realizes the bulk of wealth in this country is not in gross income but held in financial assets, and applies the appropriate tax on all financial assets as we have been expecting would happen since September 2011, and the first such defector is none other than Warren Buffett, the entertainment value of such a development would be so tremendous, that none other than Depardieu will have to play Buffett in the straight-to-cable biopic of the Octogenarian from Omaha.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture



No state tax in Texas!  If Eva Green wants to relocate, I think I can find room.  Now all I need is a plausible story for Mrs. Horseman.  New french dairy maid?  Nanny?  Stable girl?

Mercury's picture

Master technician for your new glass cutting workshop?

Holy shit, is she standing thigh-deep in ice water or really just hanging upside down?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Oui, oui.  Now that you mention it, if she is willing to stand in the hallway and look good, I do have a very heavy leather manteau, or deux, just lying around.

moonshadow's picture

hey HH mon ami, give us the link to the full-size pic s'il vous plait!

johnconnor's picture

In Texas you pay 2.5% on property taxes a year, so let's say you have a $300K house you will be paying $7,500 on property taxes (Plus whatever is the HOA as they are everywhere in Texas) and then you have the 8.25% sales tax

hedgeless_horseman's picture



So this might explain why Texas real estate is so much more affordable than other states with high state income taxes.

Sophist Economicus's picture

So true.   They don't have the reasonable tax property taxes of NY State ($35,000 on a $550K house in Westchester) or NJ ($22K on a $500K house in Bergen County).    And don't get me talking about the value-play of California, Washington or Oregon.   I think there's gonna be a mass exodus out of Texas any minute....

amadeusb4's picture

That's because the proles fund the gov in Texas with sales and property taxes. Even corporations don't pay taxes in that medieval state.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...the proles fund the gov in Texas with sales and property taxes.

The proles are far more likley to be wage earners than property owners, but you already know that.

amadeusb4's picture

Because in Texas, slum lords cover property taxes out of their own pocket? What is your point here?

A Nanny Moose's picture

Even corporations don't pay taxes in that medieval state.

ummm...corporations do not pay taxes anywhere. Ever. They are merely tax collectors.

amadeusb4's picture

Then why do they go to such extremes to wash their profits of taxes? Money spent on lawyers, accountants, lobbyists, political donations and the like are a total waste then.

I recommend a bit more self honesty because I don't buy the lies you've been telling yourself.

trav777's picture

surely, all the pakis and nigerians I saw on the RER last time en route to Montparnasse will pick up the slack for these guys?  Yes, yes, California got all of a +100,000 taxpayer boon from the +10M additional "residents" they've attracted over the past 30 years, along with +7M on the welfare rolls.  Surely, France will do much better because the quality of their immigrants are much better than mexicans, eh?

Libertie + diversitie = insanitie

Northeaster's picture

Is the real trav7777 back? The one with the middle-finger smiley? Or is this a new troll?

trav777's picture

ima hafta dig up the smiley icon...patience, bitchez

Bob's picture

WTF, I thought I was seeing things for a second.

trav777's picture

nah you're not...I happened to be browsing the thread on the BOE's gold vault and someone said my profile was active...also happened to see RobotTurd.  Checked the login on 7777 and it appears still blocked, but this one, which was my original profile (and to which I thought I had forgotten the pwd, thus the extra 7 in 7777) logged in...go figure.  ZH is kinda stale now and I'm fairly busy being in the 1%...and learning to cope with the boating accident I had

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Welcome back, and we are sorry to hear about your boating accident.

Wannabee's picture

Welcome back Trav. In a bit of irony, we all thought you struck a gusher of oil on your mobile home pad and now hangin with Rockefeller, Rothchilds, Bernanke, and the like.

Bob's picture

I pictured him hanging with Al Gore and making movies:

trav777's picture

no, I finally got out of the hospital from all the STDs I got from your mom

smiler03's picture

Tyler, thank you for reviving Robo and Trav. Though you must think ZH readers are too retarded to notice the concidence.


Retarded... hmmmm, probably right!

ZeroAvatar's picture

Yeah, hey, velkommen, Trav......good to see ya back!  Really! 


I, myself, just got released from the mental ward.  My mind's a little foggy from the Thorazine, but, otherwise, I've regained control of my mental capacities.   CAN YOU HEAR THE CHARIOTS?    Oh,   wait a minute, I just had a relapse.  I'll be ok....  AAAAUUUUMMMMM,   AAAAAAUUUUMMMMMMM.  I am one with the Universe.  There is not two, only one......AAAAAAAUUUUUUMMMMMMM......

Azannoth's picture

So what if they levied a 99% tax and nobody came to pay?

Big Corked Boots's picture

Clearly they failed to go far enough - they will have to raise it to 100%.

FrankDrakman's picture

To quote Mike Myers (of Austin Powers, not slasher, fame):

"Gerard Depardieu? The man's a beast!"

slaughterer's picture

Guess I will not be seeing a Rabelaisian Gerard tooling around on a moped in his vineyards anymore.  

Why is there a picture of the goddess Eva Green in a post about a piggish French asshole actor?

markovchainey's picture

Who cares why that picture is there?  I'm just glad it IS there! 


So fine, so fine...

A Nanny Moose's picture

Some sort of French Connection, I suppose.

jekyll island's picture

My God, he's trying to avoid the millionaire's tax?  He's a terrible actor.  Who's paying him that much money?  We have definitely reached the edge of the abyss.

bigdumbnugly's picture

and with him probably about 4 chambermaid positions.

and no i don't necessarily mean missionary, doggie, etc etc

viahj's picture

he still has money?  thought that he blew it all on wine and cheese.

wee-weed up's picture

He's got all his money hidden in his nose!

Shizzmoney's picture

Now he can take that tax income the French Government was going to seize, and give it to Belgium hookers.

Job creators!!!!!!!!!111

Lost Wages's picture

Gerard Depardieu has money? I saw one of his movies on a plane once and never heard of him again until now.

pirea's picture

this because if you are an american, you use to watch only hollywood garbage

vato poco's picture

As opposed to those magnificent foreign movies: the ones full of cigarettes and accordion music, right?

vato poco's picture

And *symbolism*. Lots & lots of *Symbolism*.

Sokhmate's picture

Symbology. Not Symbolism. Symbology.

Maghreb's picture

From what I've seen and heard French cinema is just a massive tax scam. Some Algerians liked Banlieu 13, some French thought it was a documentary.

vato poco's picture

Rest assured the California State Legislature is aware of incidents like this - and is already crafting "you can't move away" laws as we speak.

catacl1sm's picture

They already have. Just asked anyone who's moved away from Ca in the past decade and suddenly got a tax bill that was auto-drafted from their checkinc account.

StychoKiller's picture

One more good reason to close banking accts.

Odin's picture

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unrulian's picture

i.... think she is Blonde......can't look up...

ZeroAvatar's picture

I've got Firefox, so I guess in a way it's unfortunate I can't SEE THE FOX!