Duh… Are taxes behind rise in exodus of rich French? #elxn42 #MulcairsOtherCountry

Actor Gérard Depardieu may have been the most high profile wealthy Frenchman to take his fortune abroad, but he’s not the only one.
Indeed French film director Luc Besson announced this week that in future he would be paying his taxes in California rather than France.
The leaving of the likes of Depardieu has helped fuel the image that any French person worth a bit of money was packing their suitcase to escape the country’s tax man – who shot to global fame in 2012 when François Hollande vowed to introduce a 75 percent levy on millionaires.
And new figures published by financial newspaper Les Echos, which came from the Ministry of Finance at Bercy, will only give ammunition to those on the right who accused the Socialist government of driving  the wealthy abroad.

  • Dana Garcia

    Wow, French taxes must really be high if California’s are better.

    Supporting all those moocher Mexicans doesn’t come cheap.

    • Alain

      Indeed French taxes make even California look like a capitalist paradise.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Besson and his countrymen would have it even better if they moved to Las Vegas.

  • Alain

    Socialism only works until it runs out of other people’s money, and that happens sooner when the goose laying the golden egg migrates elsewhere.

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Taxing the rich is not a crime,allowing the rich to making all of us as slaves that should be crime.

    • Surele Surele

      why don’t you get rich?

      • Blacksmith

        You have to have something everyone wants/needs and work hard to get rich…….

        • Surele Surele

          that was my point exactly.

          • Blacksmith

            Yes I know, I was just agreeing with you with an example.

    • canminuteman

      Who’s forcing you to be slave? You have freedom of action in every decision you make.

      • Blacksmith


    • Clausewitz

      Yes, by all means, lets take the money out of the hands of people who actually employ others.