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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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ParthenonQueen    

While I believe the rich should pay their taxes, 75% is insaneO.O

624 days ago
32.

USArmy    

Good for him. People should be fed up with having to pay higher taxes so their government can waste it.

624 days ago
33.

Daenerys    

I would do the same if I was rich. France's president is dumb, can't wait till 2017 so we can get ride of him and his stupid government.

624 days ago
34.

Daenerys    

And by ride I mean *rid

624 days ago
35.

ams165    

How much could this clown be worth? He did a couple of movies and now does karaoke full time. .

624 days ago
36.

NOT ELMO    

Russia is Ok for him but if this were me i would find a much cheaper country than Russia and with much better weather and move there instead, Russia is the 4TH Most Expensive Country in The World... http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-world-s-most-expensive-places-to-live-2012.html?page=all

624 days ago
37.

ontheraise    

for info the 75% taxes imply only on the income above 1million euro.

for exemple if you earn 1.5 mill a year you'll pay 75% of 500thousand

623 days ago
38.

jokerchick    

dude has the same nose as Dan Aykroyd in "Nothing But Trouble"

623 days ago
39.

World Eyes    

Silly silly socialist France...... will YOU give Obama citizenship please???//////

622 days ago
40.

EmmaPeel    

You're apt to find a lot of anti-obamaians taking the very same route.

621 days ago
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