Gerard Depardieu is quitting France to avoid paying tax. Blames Francois Hollande.
But first, he's attempting to sell his Parisian home for over €50 million - if you happen to have any spare odds hanging around.
The 63-year-old French actor has listed his 10-bedroom property for sale at the huge price and is quitting his home country because he is unhappy with French President Francois Hollande's new 75% super-tax on the country's highest earners.
The luxurious home is a renovated 19th century building which boasts 20,000 square-foot of space and has 20 separate rooms. Still not worth €50 million though.
Depardieu has also threatened to hand back his French passport in protest at the new legislation and has blasted French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault for derogatory comments he made about the Green Card star over his decision to move to Belgian town Nechin just across the border to apparently avoid paying more tax.
In an open letter published in the Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper on yesterday, Depardieu said: "I am handing over to you my passport and social security, which I have never used. We no longer have the same homeland, I am a true European, a citizen of the world, as my father always taught me to believe... Unfortunately there's nothing left for me to do here, but I will continue to love the French, the public with whom I've shared so many emotions! I leave because you consider that success, creation, talent, difference, in fact, should be sanctioned... Despite my excesses, my appetite and love for life, I am a free being, Sir, and will remain polite." Unless an impromptu bathroom break is required.
In his letter Depardieu - who is known for his love of wine and occasionally eccentric behaviour - also revealed his 2012 tax bill, 85 percent of his revenue, has been paid in full.
The 'Life of Pi' star also insisted he had worked since he was 14 and over 45 years he has paid 145 million Euros in taxes.
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Story by Sheena McGinley | 11:11 | Monday 17th December 2012 | Gossip
I have no sympathy for him, f*ck him, tax the richPosted 13:47 | Mon 17th Dec 2012
Why do the rich never pay tax?Posted 15:14 | Mon 17th Dec 2012
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