Depardieu to hand back passport 法國影星放棄國籍

更新時間 2012年 12月 28日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間11:58
Gerard Depardieu

Depardieu's most recent movie role was in Life of Pi.

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法國影星傑拉德·德帕迪約說他將交回他的法國護照以抗議社會黨領袖、現法國總統弗朗索瓦·奧朗德最新推出的稅收政策。這位63歲的法國國寶級演員近日宣佈他將移居鄰國比利時的一個小鎮。請聽以下來自BBC記者Christian Fraser 的報道:

He is prone to more than just the occasional outburst but this time Gerard Depardieu is at the centre of an almighty political storm. Last week, the actor announced he had quit Paris for a small town 800 yards from the French border; seemingly to dodge a 75% top rate of tax expected to come into force next year.

The Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said it was "shabby", and suggested he was shirking his patriotic responsibilities. "How pathetic is that?" writes the actor in today's Journal du Dimanche. "I am leaving because you believe success, creation, talent, anything different must be sanctioned."

The actor claims he has paid £120m ($194m) in taxes since beginning work as a printer at the age of 14. "And people more illustrious than me," he railed, "have gone into tax exile." Belgium is an attractive option for French people since it doesn't impose any additional taxes on wealth. And three months ago France's richest man Bernard Arnault applied for Belgian citizenship. The government might question their loyalties; but what sort of message is being sent to the outside investors France is hoping to attract, when some of the country's biggest names are heading for self-imposed exile?

Quiz 聽力測驗

True or False? Gerard Depardieu is moving to a small town in France.

False. Depardieu is moving to a small town in Belgium.

True or False? It is said that Depardieu has paid £120m ($194m) in taxes since the age of 14.


Why does Depardieu want to leave France?

Because the taxes are too high.

When is the new tax policy expected to come into force?

Next year.

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