Gerard Depardieu

Detained for Drunk Driving

... on a Scooter

11/29/2012 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Gerard Depardieu wound up in a French police station today ... after cops say the actor was drunk driving around Paris on a scooter.

According to reports, Gerard -- who starred in "Green Card" back in the '90s -- fell off his scooter like a drunken idiot ... catching the attention of police, who took the 63-year-old into custody.

Gerard was reportedly held for questioning ... and later escorted back to his home. He'll eventually have to appear in court to handle the matter.

Le fin.