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.

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