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French prime minister: Curse these greedy rich people fleeing the country

posted at 7:40 pm on December 11, 2012 by

More shock and outrage from the French socialists, aghast at the lack of ‘patriotism’ and ‘generosity’ of their wealthier fellows in electing not to remain in a country that taxes seventy-five percent of their income. …The mind reels:

Jean-Marc Ayrault’s outburst came after France’s best-known actor, Gerard Dépardieu, took up legal residence in a small village just over the border in Belgium, alongside hundreds of other wealthy French nationals seeking lower taxes.

“Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor,” the prime minister declared after unveiling sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis.

These individuals are leaving “because they want to get even richer,” he said. “We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit of generosity,” he added.

“Thankfully, few are seeking exile to exempt themselves from being in solidarity with fellow Frenchmen.”

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