Depardieu: Never mind Russia, it’s France that’s “almost Bolshevik”

posted at 6:31 pm on June 16, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Remember the saga of Gerard Depardieu, the wealthy and much-maligned French actor who had the nerve to seek residence (and, presumably, a lower tax burden) elsewhere? French Socialist politicians flipped their lids when the well-known actor headed for the exits, and even though he hasn’t completely renounced his French citizenship, the actor was pretty clear in a recent interview that nobody has succeeded in guilt-tripping him into backing down. Via The Independent:

In his first lengthy press interview since he announced six months ago that he was “sending back” his French passport, Mr Depardieu said he now saw himself as a “citizen of the world”. …

Last December the actor engaged in a public slanging match with the Socialist government in France after announcing that he intended to live in Belgium to avoid high French taxes. In his interview yesterday with the Journal du Dimanche, he denied that he was a “tax exile”. He said that he still paid 30 per cent of his income in French taxes – but not the 87 per cent that he claimed he would have to pay if he lived full-time in his native country. …

France, he said, was “almost a Bolshevik country”, in view of the “hidden scandals” such as that of the former Budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who avoided taxes by having an illegal bank account abroad.

Well, I don’t know about this guy specifically — getting all buddy-buddy with Vladimir Putin does feel pretty sketchy — but the point is, more central-planning does tend to lead to more corruption and plutocracy, and that the Socialist French government is delusional if they think that wealthy individuals and businesses are going to wait around patiently for the government to serve them with still more decrees about how it’s their duty to pay a still larger majority of their income to sputtering, stalled-out mess that is the inefficient and extravagant bureaucracy. Neither economic pragmatism nor some misbegotten sense of patriotism are going to stop people from making choices in their own rational self-interest, no matter how much outrageous outrage Socialist politicians care to muster.

And speaking of merely that latest of Socialist French President Francois Hollande’s litany of political problems, the WSJ has the scoop:

The French government kicked off a fresh round of talks on Friday to overhaul the country’s state-backed pension fund, the fourth attempt in a decade to fix a generous but underfinanced system.

The effort will test the ability of the Socialist President François Hollande to push through painful measures. Although his predecessor, the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, increased the standard pension age to 62 from 60 in 2010, the government says it is imperative to consider new changes.

Without revision, the retirement of waves of baby boomers, combined with the increase in life expectancy, will leave the pension fund with a €20 billion ($27 billion) deficit in 2020—about 1% of the country’s gross domestic product.


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…he hasn’t been in the USA lately!

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Well, I don’t know about this guy specifically — getting all buddy-buddy with Vladimir Putin does feel pretty sketchy — but the point is, more central-planning does tend to lead to more corruption and plutocracy

…heh?…he needs to buddy up to JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Russia as the bastion of freedom and capitalism – whodathunkit?

platypus on June 16, 2013 at 6:36 PM

France, he said, was “almost a Bolshevik country”, in view of the “hidden scandals”

…at least we try not to ‘hide’ them…we just don’t do anything about them…paid ‘extended time off’ and all…

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Russia as the bastion of freedom and capitalism – whodathunkit?

platypus on June 16, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Yeah … it’s backwards beyond belief.

PatriotGal2257 on June 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Russia as the bastion of freedom and capitalism – whodathunkit?

platypus on June 16, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Pravda now has a better reputation than our print press.

darwin on June 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

He said that he still paid 30 per cent of his income in French taxes – but not the 87 per cent that he claimed he would have to pay if he lived full-time in his native country. …

Well, saving yourself from paying an additional 57% of your income in taxes is well worth the move.

darwin on June 16, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Depardieu

…are you sure that’s not Rosie O’Donnell?

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2013 at 6:49 PM

…he hasn’t been in the USA lately!

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Hey, we’re not Bolsheviks. We’re merely Orwellian.

trigon on June 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Hey, we’re not Bolsheviks. We’re merely Orwellian.

trigon on June 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Ummm….

I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money

if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,”

I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

That’s who the American people voted for…twice.

sharrukin on June 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM

“I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”

“if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,”

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

That’s who the American people voted for…twice.

sharrukin on June 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Ayn Rand basically wrote this script 60 years ago…did she have these clowns pegged or what.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

HE is right. In the last 5 years the USA has almost caught up to france. This will not end well for us or any country in the west. Canada and their conservative government has performed so much better than an economic illiterate neo-fascist’s has.

jukin3 on June 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM

What’s with the picture of Nick Nolte?

/

Electrongod on June 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Ayn Rand basically wrote this script 60 years ago…did she have these clowns pegged or what.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Everyone had them pegged before the socialists started taking over the institutions. We were warned for decades and decided to ignore the threat of socialism.

sharrukin on June 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I have to admit, lunatic-left socialist extremists are GREAT RECYCLERS.

They take every FAILED political, social and economic idea ever let lose in the world, and repeat the mistake of using it over and over and over again.

TeaPartyNation on June 16, 2013 at 7:28 PM

the Socialist French government is delusional if they think that wealthy individuals and businesses are going to wait around patiently for the government to serve them with still more decrees about how it’s their duty to pay a still larger majority of their income to sputtering, stalled-out mess that is the inefficient and extravagant bureaucracy. Neither economic pragmatism nor some misbegotten sense of patriotism are going to stop people from making choices in their own rational self-interest, no matter how much outrageous outrage Socialist politicians care to muster.

Which why marxist countries always, always have to build walls to keep their citizens in. Can’t have the slaves seeking freedom you know.

AZfederalist on June 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Which why marxist countries always, always have to build walls to keep their citizens in. Can’t have the slaves seeking freedom you know.

AZfederalist on June 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

So, you’re saying we’re going to be getting the fence and border control after all?

trigon on June 16, 2013 at 8:21 PM

So, you’re saying we’re going to be getting the fence and border control after all?

trigon on June 16, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Maybe, maybe not. Nobody is going to want to move to Mexico, and Canada is already two steps ahead of us in socialism. For the average Joe there aren’t a lot of options in the first place. It isn’t like Europe where you can drive a day or two in any direction and be in a new country.

MelonCollie on June 16, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Ehemmm….Gerard….Hide your rings and watch when your hangin’ out with Vlad…

workingclass artist on June 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

The whole problem with France…

is the French live there..

I saw one or two of his films back in the early 80′s when I got my first VCR and was watching damn near every film they had in the newly opened rental shop.

I in general detest French films,.. but his were quirky to say the least.

mark81150 on June 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Every time I see that pic, I think it’s been a whole lotta years (and pounds of brie) since “Green Card.”

Marcola on June 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM

In France, do they hand out free Francophones?

Shy Guy on June 17, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Russia’s not Bolshevik anymore. Nowadays it’s a (for) free society.

Shy Guy on June 17, 2013 at 3:57 AM

As I recall, the inspiration for Karl Marx was a frenchman named
Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Rousseau

But government as “maternal dictator” probably goes back to the dawn of civilization.

Hillary and B.O. are just the latest incarnation.
Despite their best intentions, the laws of economics
will again, as always, prevail.

esblowfeld on June 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Some believe that socialism leads to Marxism. Marxism is a purely abstract ideology that cannot function in reality, because it does not take into account that man is basically evil. Any government will be corrupted by the people running it. Socialism and communism lead to crony capitalism. Crony capitalism leads to oligarchy. US and China are good examples of developing oligarchies. In all of these countries, the national government is so powerful that those few who can influence such monstrosities control the lives of the people in them.

The antithesis to this model is a country where the demographically larger the government the more restricted it should be. That was the plan of our founders: a multitude of local governments with great power and authority, a slightly less powerful state government, a very restricted federal government.

All I can say is “the best laid plans of mice and men …”

jya lai on June 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM