Gérard Despardieux, about whom I know much more than you is :What's this say about France? Maybe Jacques needs to move to France.
Gerard Depardieu Calls Russia 'A Great Democracy'
By Georg Szalai | The Hollywood Reporter – Thu, Jan 3, 2013
French actor Gerard Depardieu in a letter late Thursday not only welcomed a decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to grant him citizenship, but also lauded the political leader and the country's political system.
French newspaper Le Monde on Friday printed the star's complete letter, including comments on the state of Russia's democracy and press.
1) a great actor
2) a humerous, witty, self-deprecating person
3) a great oenophile, also owns two vineyards (let him move them to Russia...
He is also :
B) an ungrateul s.o.b. He is a multi-millionaire who made over 75% of his fortune from French audiences and, most importantly, from a French-govt heavily-state-financed film industry
That he would laud Russian democracy shows the extent of his greed and naivety. Everyone except American er hmm Pravda Lady knows the extent of Russian crackdowns on journalists and dissidents - and the mafia-style execution of some who have defied Russian leadership.
The tax rate in Russia is 15%. Would you compare the average Russian's living style with the French's, Rogue? Not even close.
Putin is doing this as pure showmanship. He ignores the fact that Depardieu was in Chechnya last year cheering on the violent Chechnyans' revolt and armed struggle against Moscow. Depardieu, on the other hand, is naive to think that Putin is doing this out of pure kindness. Putin's massacre, imprisonment and torture of Chechnyans are well-known.
You compare tax evaders from France and impending insignificant tax hikes on the rich in the U.S. French multi-multi millionnaires pay 75% taxes. What's the U.S.'s highest rate, 35%? You love to compare apples and oranges, thinking that everyone on this thread is haplessly uninformed. You're walking on a swinging tight rope even discussing U.S. current affairs, so please stay out of European stuff, it's not up your alley. At all.