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Gerard Depardieu Pees On France

Sex beastThe last time we heard from potato-faced “sex” symbol Gerard Depardieu, he was peeing all over the aisle of an airplane because a stewardess didn’t wash his socks or something. Now he is peeing on the entire nation of France, because he doesn’t like paying his taxes. That’s right, France, your gain (of having Gerard Depardieu move to Belgium) is Belgium’s loss (having Gerard Depardieu move to Belgium).

We think we did the math right here. Depardieu says that this year, he paid 85 percent of his income in taxes, and that over the past 45 years he has paid 145 million Euros. If that 85 percent had been steady the whole time (which it was not; the new high 75 percent marginal rate for the super-rich is brand-new), that would have meant he had earned 170 million Euros and had been left with only 25 million Euros, which of course is reason enough for anyone to go Galt. Since French tax rates are not pictures of cats or celebrities, we were unable to find tax rates for the superwealthy over the last 50 years. But they were definitely less than 75 percent. Because, again, that is “new.”

Now, the only income we could find for Depardieu showed that he has made 19.3 million Euros (plus $5.5 million US, a combination which at this particular moment would be worth around $30 million US) since 2006. This does not count any income he might have made from his vineyards in Italy, France, Argentina, Morocco and Algeria. Or from his two Paris restaurants. Or like capital gains or whatever. That is only $5 million a year. And then France wants to tax it??? HOW IS GERARD DEPARDIEU EVEN SUPPOSED TO LIVE?

You guys, Gerard Depardieu is practically a pauper now. We can see why he would want to take his Newport Harbor boat parade and go home.


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    1. sullivanst

      Apparently they noticed enough to tell him to go and boil his bottom, or something.

      You have a point though, it's pretty sad when he's described as '“Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Green Card” star'… uhhuh, and what has he done since 1990?

    1. valgal2342

      But it is fun to pronounce his name… Gerard Depardieuuuuuuuuu!". Which I think translates as: penis nose.

    1. savethispatient

      Yeah, or Switzerland, for that matter. The irony is that Belgium does have a lower top rate of tax – only 50%. Belgium is not a famous tax haven.

  1. chascates

    There seems to be an actual correlation between plumping up like a fat Marlon Brandon and then doing crazy shit like he did.

  2. Pragmatist2

    The French are always arguing with their government. DeGaulle said "It is impossible to govern a country with 246 varieties of cheese."

    1. Negropolis

      DeGaulle was just pissed that he couldn't formalize his dictatorship and personality cult, to be honest.

  3. slithytoves

    Since French tax rates are not pictures of cats or celebrities, we were unable to find tax rates for the superwealthy over the last 50 years.

    I'm using that at the next meeting when someone asks me a question!

    1. SayItWithWookies

      Oops — I was certain enough not to look it up, but I had thought Depardieu starred in the original French version of Three Men and a Baby — apparently he did not. Anyway, the statement above ("There used to be three men, but now there's only the baby") would've made a lot more sense in that context.

      1. TavariousChinaSmith

        Your mistake is forgiven: there was a time in the 80s when he seemed to be in every single film made in France. It was incroyable.

  4. Crank_Tango

    Um, doesn't Belgium have even higher taxes than France? Or is that just for po folks. On the plus side, it's even closer to Amsterdam and has some great beer.

  5. BornInATrailer

    I can't decide if the crease at the end of his nose makes the nose look more like a butt or a dick.

  6. poorgradstudent

    The last time someone in France did this (it was some business magnate whose name I'm too lazy to search for) a large segment of the press, even the center-right newspapers, called him out for neglecting his patriotic duty, even treason. I'd be surprised if Depardieu doesn't get the same reaction just because he's an actor.

      1. doloras

        So did quite a few other legislators and a few other actors, even. (This has been all over the French-language teevee news for the last week.)

    1. Mumbletypeg

      I have absolutely no idea what you could possibly be talking about.
      However, to go O/T on your OT: yesterday your little wisecracks during the most teeth-gnashing topics of discourse that otherwise might see me bloody-eyeballed like Daria's dad, got me laughing plenty; my funnybone thanks you~

    2. snowpointsecret

      When most of the US news lately is related to someone shooting a bunch of kids in a school, maybe looking abroad for snark is a good thing.

  7. freakishlywrong

    I'm glad to see that France has it's share of randian, tax dodging fucking plutocrats as well. Unfortunately, it works out a little differently for them in France.

  8. Whollyholeyholy

    Being way too serious, I used to live in France and know a lot of people there. One is a Belgian who wanted to stay in the US after his expat assignment was cut short. An American accountant looked into everything and told him to go back–his take home pay would amount to more there, when considering how much he would have to spend out of pocket on things that are taxpayer funded in France. He (and family) left.

      1. Baconzgood

        I feel slightly hurt that you included a link to that snark. Like Baconz don't know who Cyrano DeBergerac is? That stings.

        1. TavariousChinaSmith

          Oh, Baconz! Of course you know. Some other less worldly Wonketteers might only know the story through Roxanne and would thus miss out on the whole Depardieu tie-in. Never Baconz, though.

  9. Lascauxcaveman

    He's sort of like the Mel Gibson of France, isn't he? Once young, handsome, universally admired; now old, bloated, bitter and undertaking bizarre meltdowns in public.

  10. DahBoner

    I loved his role in The Life of Pi where he played a French asshole.

    But now it looks like he wasn't "acting"…

  11. BornInATrailer

    You know who else thought the best way to circumvent the French government was a trip to Belgium?

  12. ProgressiveInga

    I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite another great French actor, Catherine Denueve, to move into my house. "Catherine, call me!"

  13. Goonemeritus

    Say what you want about France but at least it isn’t Belgium. Belgium is only famous for two things, chocolate and pedophiles and they only make the chocolate to attract the kids.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      How unfair, if it weren't for the Belgians and the civilizing influence they bought to the Congo we wouldn't have Heart of Darkness or Apocalypse Now.

    1. shelwood46

      He was never really attractive. His whole appeal was his charisma, which seems to have disappeared completely.

  14. rickmaci

    Check me that I got this correct. There are actually people not related to him that actually give a flying fuk what happens to Gerard Depardieu?

  15. I<3Radio

    I like when Innanity, et. al. point shit like this out and compare this to raising the marginal rates by 3.6%.

  16. Poindexter718

    Can't wait to see the Teatards adopt a tights wearing French actor as their new poster boy (or, as they will be compelled to call him, their "garçon d'affiche").

  17. Wile E. Quixote

    The great thing about moving to Belgium is that when the Krauts go one one of their periodic rampages and get all invady and shit you don't have to wait as long for the Panzers to start rolling through your country.

    1. HistoriCat

      That is sooo 20th century. These days they just loan-shark the money and then set up puppet governments. Sure, it's not as exciting as machine gunning peasants but you get a much different response from the British.

    1. PinkoMoonbat

      It has been suggested that he should do exactly that. Also that if you leave the country for tax avoidance purposes you never ever get to change your mind and come back.

  18. BoroPrimorac

    However the minister of culture, Aurelie Filippetti, joined her Socialist colleagues who criticised the actor's decision on Sunday. She said he was "deserting the field in the middle of a war against the [economic] crisis," and that "French citizenship is an honour, and includes rights and also duties, which include the ability to pay taxes."

    This right here, Progressives.

        1. Negropolis

          France doesn't have much Toulouse in all of this. They should kick him in the Nice; that'll bring him down to size.

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