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Depardieu reportedly surrendering French passport

The Associated Press, Sunday, December 16, 2012, 5:22am (PST)
  • PARIS (AP) — A French newspaper is quoting actor Gerard Depardieu as saying he is turning in his passport after insults from France's Socialist prime minister for taking up residence in tax-friendly Belgium.

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    The Sunday weekly Le Journal du Dimanche published an open letter attributed to Depardieu in which the actor chides Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault for calling him "pathetic" and "unpatriotic" last week for moving to Belgium to escape French taxes.

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    "I leave after paying 85 percent of my revenue in 2012," the letter says. "I turn into you my passport and (my) social security card which I have never used."

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    Depardieu, who turns 64 this month, has made more than 100 films.

    The Belgian village of Nechin — Depardieu's new home — has drawn other high-earning French residents.

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