French socialists seem surprised, upset that wealthy actor has decided to jump ship

posted at 7:01 pm on December 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I’m not really sure what it was they were expecting as an alternate outcome. Come on, ‘democratic socialists’ — you know you can float ideas for a 75 percent tax rate on top earners all you want, but don’t act like you expected people to stick around and pay ‘em.

Actor Gerard Depardieu has become the latest Frenchman to look for shelter outside his native country after a series of tax hikes by Socialist President Francois Hollande on the wealthy. …

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 wealth tax, which in France is now slapped on individuals with assets over 1.3 million euros, nor do they pay capital gains tax on the sale of shares.

Apparently, certain (i.e., Socialist) French politicians were genuinely dismayed over the actor’s move:

“It is sad because he is a great actor and someone I know and like,” said Bertrand Delanoe, the Socialist mayor of Paris. “He is a generous man but in this instance he is not showing that.”

Jean-Francois Cope, one of the leaders of the main right wing opposition group, the UMP, also expressed his regret, while pointing the finger of blame at President Francois Hollande’s tax policies.

“I don’t want to cast judgement but it is distressing for the country and its image,” Cope said. “You don’t see leading business figures or huge stars moving out of Belgium, Britain, Germany or Italy.”

Ah yes, the unmitigated gall of not being too keen on the government confiscating three quarters of your income — how very unpatriotic of him.

I would say “let this be a lesson for the United States,” except that President Obama is already willfully following in Europe’s financially calamitous footsteps. Hiking taxes, and subsequently moving money out of the private sector and laundering it through the federal government, is not going to help us achieve the level of economic growth we so desperately need. France’s business arena is already contracting, and in anticipation of higher taxes, Americans are obviously moving to protect what they can, via Bloomberg:

The wealthy look set to enjoy a windfall in the closing weeks of the year as companies push money out the door to beat the higher tax rates advocated by President Barack Obama.

More than 150 companies, from Costco Wholesale Corp. to Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS), have declared special dividends totaling about $20 billion this quarter to avoid anticipated tax increases in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Others, including law and private-equity firms, probably will pay bonuses, partnership distributions and commissions early for tax reasons, according to Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP LLC in Jersey City, New Jersey. …

Much of that will go to upper-income Americans, the very people Obama has targeted to pay higher taxes…

Reports in Europe today showed French business confidence and industrial production unexpectedly declined as President Francois Hollande grapples with a budget deficit and an economy that is on the verge of recession.


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French socialists seem surprised, upset that wealthy actor has decided to jump ship

He looks more like he ate a ship.

*rimshot*

Paul-Cincy on December 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Ah yes, the unmitigated gall of not being too keen on the government confiscating three quarters of your income — how very unpatriotic of him.

And un-generous, per the Paris mayor. LOL, paying confiscatory taxes is ‘being generous!’

Midas on December 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

One SMART Frenchman!

Delsa on December 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

“It is sad because he is a great actor and someone I know and like,” said Bertrand Delanoe, the Socialist mayor of Paris. “He is a generous man but in this instance he is not showing that.”

Ahh, leftard “generosity.” Supporting the government’s confiscation of someone else’s hard-earned wealth.

Cicero43 on December 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Why Belgium? Do they even have a functioning government there?

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I’m surprised so many in Europe have held onto their native countries as long as they have. But I don’t know why we are looking overseas to provide examples of those fleeing high taxation. I have known six that have left the U.S. to seek opportunity elsewhere. None because they wanted to protect their wealth, but all in order to find employment in their given professions. I think our greatest danger is not losing our wealthy, it’s losing our young and creating a future “brain drain” in our country. With Obama Care, I suspect doctors will seek greener pastures next.

mtucker5695 on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I think we should offer Europe to the socialists and have the US for capitalists. Offer to transport anybody from Europe that wants to “get out”.

Clearly it’s getting almost impossible to live together. Those people are nuts.

gophergirl on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

He looks more like he ate a ship.

In a few years Belgium may not be big enough. It’s a good thing he didn’t go to Luxembourg.

Cicero43 on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

French socialists seem surprised, upset that wealthy actor has decided to jump ship

They should have paid closer attention to Will Smith’s reaction.

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

This is why socialists put up walls – not to keep people out, but to keep them in.

Chip on December 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Any person that voted for, or any company that supported obozo, should not be allowed to skirt taxes by paying this year. They wanted higher taxes, they should be required to pay them.

txag92 on December 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I can never see the name Gerard Depardieu without recalling how his oui-oui antics turned Anderson Cooper into a giggling little girl.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

…jump ship?…I thought they said he looked like sh!t
Just the actors huh?
He moving to Hollywood?

KOOLAID2 on December 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Where is the french version of Dick Turban with the plan to tax this disgusting unpatriotic capitaliste?

CorporatePiggy on December 10, 2012 at 7:21 PM

He looks more like he ate a ship.

In a few years Belgium may not be big enough.

Cicero43 on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

If the Flemish had their way, it wouldn’t be big enough for him now. They are sick and tired of the Welfare Walloons in the south.

A couple of years ago, I was loving me some Belgium for the ~18 months or so that it had no national government.

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Speaking of slimy lizard socialists:

Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President
http://www.boston.com/news/science/blogs/science-in-mind/2012/12/10/yale-scientists-name-obamadon-slender-jawed-lizard-after-the-president/8VELtuwNDxWjbOciIsYphM/blog.html

The small, insect-eating lizard was discovered in the badlands of northeastern Montana. Less than a foot long, it had elaborate teeth with three cusps on each tooth and a slender jaw. Some 65 million years ago, it went extinct.

Chip on December 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

the French were reportedly angry, but three seconds later they surrendered

Slade73 on December 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

“It is sad because he is a great actor and someone I know and like,” said Bertrand Delanoe, the Socialist mayor of Paris. “He is a generous man but in this instance he is not showing that.”

Generosity.

Axe on December 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Seriously, what did they expect? French Prez Hollande actually said he hates rich people. I wouldn’t hang around and pay that jerk those outrageous taxes either.

stukinIL4now on December 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Sacre bleu!

darwin on December 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Perhaps he should go all “Obelisk’ on them!

OldEnglish on December 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I can never see the name Gerard Depardieu without recalling how his oui-oui antics turned Anderson Cooper into a giggling little girl.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

You really ARE a “Culchavulcha”.

And Anderson Cooper really DOES laugh like a little girl.

Depar”too” … I don’t get it. Not even Depar”tu”. Still nothing.

I missed the setup. “oui-oui” as in “wee wee” as in “pee pee” as in not number two? (confused)

Paul-Cincy on December 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I would say “let this be a lesson for the United States,” except that President Obama is already willfully following in Europe’s financially calamitous footsteps.

Forward!

visions on December 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

“I don’t want to cast judgement but…”

Why not? What’s wrong with casting judgement? Anyway, you’re going to do it whether you like it or not. It’s as normal as breathing.

Dongemaharu on December 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

French socialists seem surprised, upset that wealthy actor has decided to jump ship

They should have paid closer attention to Will Smith’s reaction.

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Curious. What about Smith’s reaction?

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Perhaps he should go all “Obelisk’ on them!

OldEnglish on December 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Did ever see how small his “obelisk” is? It was on display for the world to see in the film “The Man in the Iron Mask.” It’s a good thing that I have excellent eyesight. Of course, EVERYTHING compared to his gut looks tiny.

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Curious. What about Smith’s reaction?

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Will Smith Stunned At Proposed French Tax Rate After Praising Taxes

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

If the Flemish had their way, it wouldn’t be big enough for him now. They are sick and tired of the Welfare Walloons in the south.

A couple of years ago, I was loving me some Belgium for the ~18 months or so that it had no national government.

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I love Bruges and always try to stop there for a few days while on holiday.

And then the suits in Brussels decided they were going modern with this ugly Christmas tree

JPeterman on December 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Didn’t see that movie, but he has a very large one on his shoulder in Asterix & Obelix. :)

OldEnglish on December 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I saw Gerard Depardieu on TV as Edmond Dantès in the Count of Monte Cristo. He was once a very attractive guy. It’s hard to believe the way he looks now.

INC on December 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

The Eu tax the rich crowd have been running TV spots for years in a campaign for the rich to pay their fair share.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-01-29/tax-evaders-greece-spain-italy/52822942/1

redguy on December 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I saw Gerard Depardieu on TV as Edmond Dantès in the Count of Monte Cristo. He was once a very attractive guy. It’s hard to believe the way he looks now.

INC on December 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Judging from his rosacea, I’d say it’s booze.

Redness of the face

Blushing or flushing easily

A lot of spider-like blood vessels (telangiectasia) of the face

Red nose (called a bulbous nose)

Acne-like skin sores that may ooze or crust

Burning or stinging feeling in the face

Irritated, bloodshot, watery eyes

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Cause = Effect

Seven Percent Solution on December 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

“It is sad because he is a great actor and someone I know and like,” said Bertrand Delanoe, the Socialist mayor of Paris. “He is a generous man but in this instance he is not showing that.”

Wow. I have been looking at things all wrong apparently. So when you are being forcibly robbed, giving up your money is ‘generosity’. Boy, was I ever in the dark. Hopefully Hizzoner, Mr. Delanoe will one day be able to display some of his ‘generosity’ during an armed robbery.

Why Belgium? Do they even have a functioning government there?

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Aside from the tax issue, there are 300+ local beers in a country the size of Tennessee which is a fairly good incentive.

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

That seems pretty much on target. It’s sad to see that. We watched with English subtitles, but even though I don’t understand French, you could tell he had presence.

INC on December 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Is that Chris Christie’s brother, separated at birth? Mon Dieu!

onlineanalyst on December 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I looked on a map; that part of Belgium isn’t far from Dunkirk. It’s all about evacuating a hostile land, although this time it is for a different reason!

radjah shelduck on December 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Cheesy move.

profitsbeard on December 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Ah yes, the unmitigated gall of not being too keen on the government confiscating three quarters of your income — how very unpatriotic of him.

Or the unmitigated Gaul?

onlineanalyst on December 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Pepe Le Who?

Ugly on December 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Curious. What about Smith’s reaction?

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Will Smith Stunned At Proposed French Tax Rate After Praising Taxes

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Thanks RWM.

Mrs. Hawkdriver, (not her real name) is actually depressed, like (I can’t stand not being home with her when she’s this sad depressed) about the prospect of losing 3 percent of the profits from our current home to the new Capital Gains tax the liberals want. She’s also fretting over possibly being kicked out of our Tri-Care Insurance and having to go to an exchange if there even is one in NC.

We are disciplined and we are good with the assets we’ve worked hard for. But she told me on the phone tonight that no matter how well you plan, the government puts you in a position where it seems you didn’t plan well enough. All this mostly, for people who don’t plan at all.

LIB

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

You really ARE a “Culchavulcha”.

And Anderson Cooper really DOES laugh like a little girl.

Depar”too” … I don’t get it. Not even Depar”tu”. Still nothing.

I missed the setup. “oui-oui” as in “wee wee” as in “pee pee” as in not number two? (confused)

Paul-Cincy on December 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Thanky! I didn’t know if anyone would have patience for the whole hilarious 4-minute ‘Drunken-French-Actor-Peed-On-Airplane-Floor’ story (complete with giggly meltdown). Here ’tis!

:D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Redness of the face

Blushing or flushing easily

A lot of spider-like blood vessels (telangiectasia) of the face

Red nose (called a bulbous nose)

Acne-like skin sores that may ooze or crust

Burning or stinging feeling in the face

Irritated, bloodshot, watery eyes

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

All of which I worked very hard for. Finally, some recognition.

Ugly on December 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Why Belgium? Do they even have a functioning government there?

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

It is a cool country except that it has allowed an invasion of Muslims to create no-go areas in its largest cities.

onlineanalyst on December 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Have you no ‘generosity’? /

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Aside from the tax issue, there are 300+ local beers in a country the size of Tennessee which is a fairly good incentive.

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Don’t forget the chocolate.

JPeterman on December 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

And then the suits in Brussels decided they were going modern with this ugly Christmas tree

JPeterman on December 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Hey, they get points for, at least, being able to erect that monstrosity in the city’s central square AND they call it a Christmas tree!!! Mon Dieu! The ACLU, Michael Newdow, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, etc, would have obtained a court order PDQ in the US if some little town in Alabama put up a traditional tree next to a Festivus Pole even though the Supreme Court has NEVER held that religious symbols are prohibited from being displayed in the public square, pro se. I mean, why haven’t they sued to get Michelle to take down the 54 Christmas trees in the White House?

Do you think that we should send Governor Chaffee of Rhode Island over to Belgium to tell them that it is a HOLIDAY TREE?

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

unmitigated gall Gaul
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… the French are known for this …
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Arbalest on December 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

It is a cool country except that it has allowed an invasion of Muslims to create no-go areas in its largest cities.

onlineanalyst on December 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Remarkable video of one, lone Belgian standing up against shari’ah-supremacists, who just took the oath of office:

‘The Last of the Just’ in Belgium

If you’ve ever wondered how Hitler happened, you have the beginnings of your answer in this video.

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Liberals love money, but how dare Depardieu love money as well? It’s inconceivable! Everyone knows only Liberal governments are supposed to love money. They did not expect that people would want to keep it. So of course Depardieu is to be blamed. He was supposed to be happy to lose 75% of his money

/sarc

Seriously though, after 50% tax rates, I consider it criminal behaviour. It gives a whole new meaning to working for the government.

MrX on December 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

JPeterman on December 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Thank you. Somehow, I left that out of my assessment (even though I know Belgian chocolate well enough to know I like it better than the Swiss version). Must have had something to do with trying to work my way through all 300+ local brews during my time in Belgium.

Regardless, world class beer and chocolate can lure even the most steadfast. Carry on.

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Have you no ‘generosity’? /

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I know you sarc, but we’ve actually changed over the years with all of this.

My family, for almost twenty years, conducted a Christmas shoebox charity for the people who lived near Simmons Army Airfield at Ft. Bragg with the help of different units I served with while there. (Shaw road for any who are familiar with the aera) We fell off being able to do it every year in the decade I deployed so often during the wars. For a very long time, it became our Christmas.

We will probably never do anything like that again. Maybe we’ve grown hard.

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Duly noted, but “it’s just not fair!!!”

Up next on the Progressive wish list: Seizure of 401(k)s with government-run pensions as a replacement.

“It’s just not fair that you and your wife have more when you retire than other people even if you did scrimp, save, and do without and they were spendthrifts. We can’t hold people’s “youthful indiscretions” and personal irresponsibility (even if they continue up until retirement) against them. A “just” society understands that not everyone is lucky or recognises that there will be consequences to their actions. We don’t let people starve because they blow their money on alcohol or gambling. We don’t refuse to treat the motorcyclist injured in an accident, who was without a helmet. How in the world can we allow some retirees to only get Social Security and Medicare when others have vacation homes and go on Mediterranean cruises??? It’s just not fair and must not be allowed to stand!!!”

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Reports in Europe today showed French business confidence and industrial production unexpectedly declined as President Francois Hollande grapples with a budget deficit and an economy that is on the verge of recession.

Headline: Socialists SHOCKED!

GarandFan on December 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I was under the impression that we could keep Tricare … I have tricare basic
and no one has said anything about having to go to a HC exchange …
I will be going to the base in a couple of days .. will check on it …

conservative tarheel on December 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Reports in Europe today showed French business confidence and industrial production unexpectedly declined

It appears that unexpectedly translates into French quite well.

Mo_mac on December 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

yup .. that will be the next thing … 401k and IRA’s ….

conservative tarheel on December 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Swiss chocolate is highly overrated.

JPeterman on December 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Cheesy move.

profitsbeard on December 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM

See what you did there. :)

Axe on December 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

He’s a freakin’ 2 percenter … shame on him for wanting to keep what he’s earned. The wealth needs to be shared amongst all of the peeps … this is the new (old for the commies) standard for all peoples of all countries.

Get used to it you ingrates!

ORrighty on December 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I was under the impression that we could keep Tricare … I have tricare basic
and no one has said anything about having to go to a HC exchange …
I will be going to the base in a couple of days .. will check on it …

conservative tarheel on December 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

When I retired we entered and still pay for Tri-Care Prime.

We went from paying increased premiums in Oct.

To getting threatened off of it by McCain.

To kicking working aged retirees off of it all together.

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

The last one is a study, but certrainly not the first time a group decided the country was somehow better with us not being able to us it.

Save a dollar here and there so you can give stuff to a person who promised to vote for you.

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

shesh …. lovely …. at least it is still just a study …
just lovely ….
and after you retire you go on Mediscare …. so your not using Tricare

conservative tarheel on December 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

conservative tarheel on December 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

The 40 mile rule is not a study or scare. We’re worried because while I’m a contractor, I have to travel back to Ft. Bragg for my PC or change with every contract at a new installation we’re working.

And the thing is they don’t freaking know.

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Charity begins at home, my friend. And these are hard times looking to get worse.

Mine was not the only sarc; when socialist Scrooges begin lecturing on ‘generosity’ – well, we are truly through the looking glass.

On a positive note, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Mr. Hawkdriver (if that is your real name ;-).

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

With the presidential election over, Defense officials are expected to announce soon that military retirees and their dependents living more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or base closure site will lose access to TRICARE Prime, the military’s managed care option.

These beneficiaries would be expected to shift to TRICARE Standard, their fee-for-service insurance option, which would mean an increase in out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries who are frequent users of health services.

A total of 171,000 retirees and dependents are expected to have to shift coverage when remote Prime networks go away. Tentative plans are for this to occur April 1 in the West Region, which would coincide with UnitedHealth Military and Veterans Services taking over the region’s support contract from TriWest Healthcare Alliance after 16 years.

The North and South TRICARE regions are expected to close down Prime service areas beyond 40-mile catchment areas of bases or base closure sites by Oct. 1, 2013, the date when current Prime enrollment periods expire for most beneficiaries.

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

On a positive note, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Mr. Hawkdriver (if that is your real name ;-).

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I’ll get home early enough to cheer her droopy outlook up.

:-)

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Why Belgium? Do they even have a functioning government there?

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

You say that like it’s a drawback…

makattak on December 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Good man. As long as you have each other, you know the rest. Reminds me of myself and Mrs. Ghostwalker1 (her real alias).

Cheers.

ghostwalker1 on December 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

You can bet Depardieuuuu is a liberal, he just thinks his limo liberalism should be safe.

Its amazing how much money and revenue appears out of the woodwork when people are free to create wealth and coincidentally greater tax revenues, when they can keep it, we might as well confiscate 100% of everyone’s wealth because that’s the only way any more of it than lower taxes won’t make more of, of course its a one time deal, nobodies going back work after that, when government thinks everything belongs to them money does an incredible vanishing act.

Its all so unfair, well no, in a free society there’s no such thing as unfair, we all have the same opportunity.

We don’t live in a free society, outcomes are government regulated.

Speakup on December 10, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Whatever happened to those Holllywood elites who were threatening to move to France if they didn’t get their way?

Now would be the perfect opportunity for them to finally make good on those threats and show everyone they firmly believe in their socialist dogma.

ButterflyDragon on December 10, 2012 at 9:04 PM

“It is sad because he is a great actor and someone I know and like,” said Bertrand Delanoe, the Socialist mayor of Paris. “He is a generous man but in this instance he is not showing that.”

It’s shocking that a generous man might object to having a gun held to his head and required to hand over his wallet, isn’t it?

Of course, if Monsieur Delanoe is such a good friend of Depardieu’s, then why is he trying to screw him out of millions of his hard-earned Francs?

Maybe ‘friend’ means something different in French.

Socratease on December 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

hawkdriver on December 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

we have always had standard .. mostly cuz no one in our area took prime …
so we just went with standard …

conservative tarheel on December 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Thanky! I didn’t know if anyone would have patience for the whole hilarious 4-minute ‘Drunken-French-Actor-Peed-On-Airplane-Floor’ story (complete with giggly meltdown). Here ’tis!

:D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Sigh. All that for peeing. :|

Paul-Cincy on December 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Since when in Hell is it charity to open your bank account, under penalty of ferocious law, to bloated SOB government tax collectors. Good for Gerard. We are seeing the same thing in CA and MD where wealth taxes have driven their millionaires and most productive businessmen to TX, FL and VA to survive and keep a little more of their earnings. It’s a fantasy to think smart money makers are not smart enough to move.

ironked on December 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Foux du fafa!

Greek Fire on December 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Why Belgium? Do they even have a functioning government there?

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

You say that like it’s a drawback…

makattak on December 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM

No kidding. I was loving me some Belgium for the 500+ days that it didn’t have a national government.

Prog: “If you hate the federal government so much, move to Somalia. They don’t have a national government.”

Me: “Neither does Belgium and it’s a lot more stable.”

Belgium was Napalm when it came to Progressives’ “Big government or Somalia” strawman.

Resist We Much on December 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Why Belgium? Do they even have a functioning government there?

tom daschle concerned on December 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Gotta be the beer. Beer is like a religion in Belgium.

Oldnuke on December 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Whatever happened to those Holllywood elites who were threatening to move to France if they didn’t get their way?

ButterflyDragon on December 10, 2012 at 9:04 PM

This happened to them. Reality is sometimes like a wet mop in the face.

Oldnuke on December 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Hahaha!

I’d say he’s an “Ugly American”, but ooops, he’s not…

ccrosby on December 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Well it’s all their fault anyway. Had they built a wall and put concertina and machine gun nests on it, he wouldn’t have been able to get out.

John_G on December 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

He looks more like he ate a ship.

Paul-Cincy on December 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

It looks like all of France has eaten shi*
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What?
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“ShiP“?
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Oh…
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Never mind.

Shy Guy on December 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM

This is why socialists put up walls – not to keep people out, but to keep them in.

Chip on December 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

During my time at Russian language school with the military, one of my instructors had been a journalist in a past life. During an interview with a Russian dissident of note (can’t remember who), he asked what would be the first he would do if the borders were opened up.

“I will climb the nearest tree.”

As you can imagine, this created some confusion, so my journalist friend asked why.

“I would be afraid of being trampled by all the people fleeing Russia.”

NavyMustang on December 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM

The best thing he could do for France is leave it, and that is true generosity. The most patriotic thing rich Americans could do for America is leave it. The Obamarxists can’t exist without them.

Buddahpundit on December 11, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Reports in Europe today showed French business confidence and industrial production unexpectedly declined as President Francois Hollande grapples with a budget deficit and an economy that is on the verge of recession.

“Unexpectedly”? Really?

GWB on December 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I saw Gerard Depardieu on TV as Edmond Dantès in the Count of Monte Cristo. He was once a very attractive guy. It’s hard to believe the way he looks now.

INC on December 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Best “Count” ever!! And if you haven’t seen he and Malkovich in Les Miserables, get it from Netflix. Again best one EVER.

oldleprechaun on December 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Loved him in Cyrano. So sad, so French.

yongoro on December 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Let them eat cake, and a rather large portion Monty pythons “I poot on you and your king!”

RAGIN CAJUN on December 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM