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Gerard Depardieu

Screw France ...

I'm RUSSIAN Now!!

1/3/2013 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0102_Gerard-Depardieu-vladimir-putin-articleFrench icon Gerard Depardieu just ditched his homeland to become a Russian citizen to avoid high taxes ... and the controversial move had to be approved by none other than Vladimir Putin.

Gerard has been outraged by the French president's attempt to bump up taxes on super-rich frenchies to 75%.

The "Green Card" star enacted Plan B -- applying for citizenship in Russia ... where they only have a flat income tax of 13%.

Gerard's request went up the chain at the Kremlin ... and today President Putin put his stamp on the request. No word on where Depardieu plans to live in Russia.

Chalk up another loss for France.

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16.

JFO    

Wait ... you mean people don't want to pay exorbitant taxes for the priveledge of living in France???? Who knew?? I guess that only applies to the U.S.

572 days ago
17.

lalet    

We will start to see the same thing happen here in the states as taxes start to rise.

572 days ago
18.

VictoriaGirl    

How exactly is this a loss for France? France is finally rid of this fat frog. Good for them. He's Russia's problem now.

572 days ago
19.

cindy    

Soon the Americans will have to move to Russia, thanks to Obama with his Bullsh!t taxes.

572 days ago
20.

BB not bb    

So now France is turning communist and Russia is standing out as the best free republic. What a switch that is. It is pretty scary to think of also. I wonder if Gerard can even speak Russian. To think of someone from the land where freedom from autocracy and the birth of a republican state was born, wanting to move to Russia, that is very weird.


He even starred in that movie Green Card where he married a Russian lady just to help her escape from tyranny there. If Russia is looking that good, France must really be going down the tubes.

572 days ago
21.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

If I have to pay 75 percent income tax rate I might consider learning Russian too.

572 days ago
22.

croc    

when he blows his nose
he then shakes it..

572 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...tmz..ur facts r WRONG.....he is living across the border in Belgium where he bought a house...PLAIN AND SIMPLE....love how you spin stuff...tell ur dudes in that room too read past the 1st paragraph on the subject before spinning..geeeeeeeeeeeeez...now get back too KKK azz kissing

572 days ago
24.

kitnplayn    

75% of your income, no matter how much you make, is straight up thievery. It's time for a Revolution, people. The politicians operating the governments of the world are financially raping us and making themselves rich in the process.

572 days ago
25.

SPIDERBAITT    

Он немой! Просто переехать в Швейцарию (рядом с Францией). Шумахер и многие другие знаменитости живут в Швейцарии, вы можете сохранить ваши французский или немецкий паспорт.

572 days ago
26.

vriplazt    

nost he cannost b national babost settist4 RED RED wine.PUto tis tis dost MANN

572 days ago
27.

vriplazt    

75% of zero still=zero?

572 days ago
28.

vriplazt    

LUCKY BOY USSR

572 days ago
29.

IceGypsy    

Good for him! I'm sure there will be others following.


That tax decision was absolute BS. It's been overturned for now, but who knows when they will implement it down the road.

572 days ago
30.

Kristel    

The story is a hoax, he moved to Belgium 50k from where I live, a month ago and gave up his french citizenship, so he could still work in Paris but pay lower belgian taxes

572 days ago
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