The Green Card star recently sparked rumours he was trying to dodge the new cash hikes on the wealthy brought in to boost France’s struggling economy by relocating to the Belgian village of Nechin, just minutes from the French border, and placing his early 19th century manor house in the Saint German district of Paris on the market.
The move angered local politicians and Ayrault branded Depardieu unpatriotic for his actions, saying, “Going just over the border, I find that fairly pathetic. Being a Frenchman means loving your country and helping it to get back on its feet.”
However, the 63 year old is not impressed with the politician’s comments and he’s fired back in a letter to the press, in which he accuses the French government of punishing the wealthy.
The angry actor, who claims to have handed over more than $190 million (£118.75 million) in French taxes throughout his lifetime, states, “Pathetic, you said pathetic? How pathetic is that? I am leaving because you believe that success, creation, talent, anything different must be sanctioned…”
Depardieu has also vowed to give up his French citizenship after inquiring about Belgian residency, writing: “We no longer have the same homeland. I sadly no longer have a reason to stay here (in France). I’ll continue to love the French and this public that I have shared so much emotion with… Who are you to judge me, I ask you Mr. Ayrault, prime minister of Mr. Hollande? Despite my excesses, my appetite and my love of life, I remain a free man.”
France’s socialist President Francois Hollande imposed the tax increases after taking office earlier this year (12).