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Gérard Depardieu May Have Ruined François Hollande's Presidency
Business Insider ^ | 01/08/2013 | Rob Wile

Posted on 01/08/2013 8:04:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind

By now you've probably heard Russian President Vladimir Putin has bestowed Russian citizenship upon Gérard Depardieu as part of the French actor's quest to seek refuge from his country's onerous income taxes.

It's a pretty funny situation.

But French President Francois Hollande is not laughing.

Because after all the fuss, the 75 percent marginal income tax that was the highlight of the new taxes which Depardieu and others were attempting to flee was ultimately vetoed by the country's Constitutional Council.

The ruling came on technical grounds, and the government has vowed to resubmit a similar proposal. But the project has now morphed into a "disaster" for Hollande, France's most important newspaper, Le Monde, says.

In a new editorial, Le Monde writes that Hollande's failure on the measure could serve as a "ball and chain" around the rest of his presidency.

Economically counter-productive, it unnerved business leaders — including those who would be far from the policy's tax bracket. Legally ill-conceived, it's been rejected by the Constitution Council, who didn't even need to judge it confiscatory (though this is illegal). And it would have had only a modest effect on the budget — $210 million Euros a month.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: france; franoishollande; grarddepardieu; taxes

1 posted on 01/08/2013 8:04:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If only he could come here and do the same for Obama . . .


2 posted on 01/08/2013 8:07:28 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Article points out perhaps the only good aspect of the French Constitution. Their version of the Supreme Court reviews legislation and rules on its constitutionality BEFORE it takes effect.


3 posted on 01/08/2013 8:12:04 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

RE: If only he could come here and do the same for Obama . . .

Depardieu relinquished his French citizenship to escape the onerous 75% tax that Hollande signed into law (invalidated by the French Courts for now, but will return in another form ).

Here in the US, YOU CANNOT SIMPLY RELINQUISH CITIZENSHIP WITHOUT THE IRS AUDITING YOU AND DEMANDING THAT YOU PAY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE AS RICH AND PROMINENT AS HE IS.

Remember this, unlike France, the US claims income that you have from ALL SOURCES, REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU MADE THE MONEY.


4 posted on 01/08/2013 8:12:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Maybe if enough Hollywood celebutards renounce their citizenship...


5 posted on 01/08/2013 8:13:18 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some cultures are destined to remain stupid and we need to quit trying to uplift them.)
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To: SeekAndFind
No. Hollande’s idiotic and rusty communist/socialist ideology will ruin his Presidency. The only question is how much of the French economy will be ruined, and how many people will have their lives hurt, before his Presidency ends.
6 posted on 01/08/2013 8:13:44 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

RE: Maybe if enough Hollywood celebutards renounce their citizenship...

Why would they want to do that? Their “Lord and Savior” (According to Jaimie Foxx ) is the President.


7 posted on 01/08/2013 8:23:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not entirely accurate, the Vast Majority of Profits to Hollywood come from OVERSEAS and the IRS does not Tax it at all because they keep it off shore in the Grand Caymans. Just like GE.


8 posted on 01/08/2013 8:25:12 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
If only he could come here and do the same for Obama . . .

*************

It only takes one (or a few) courageous voice(s)

The Emperor Has No Clothes!!!

9 posted on 01/08/2013 8:28:57 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thinking instead of feeling? How un-progressive of the frogs.


10 posted on 01/08/2013 8:29:33 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind

Vladimir Putin got a 13% flat income tax adopted and he’s watched state spending like a hawk.

Russians know from experience what its like to be broke. You want a good steward steering the ship of state in these uncertain times.

Francois Hollande has learned nothing from Russia’s economic turnaround since the collapse of Communism in the 1990s.


11 posted on 01/08/2013 8:32:27 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: eyeamok

RE: Vast Majority of Profits to Hollywood come from OVERSEAS and the IRS does not Tax it at all because they keep it off shore in the Grand Caymans

I’m talking about INDIVIDUAL INCOME.

Say you are an immigrant from Hongkong. Before coming to the USA, you ALREADY own property in HK and rented them out. Now that you’ve come to the USA, you decide to start a business here. You do well.

By US Tax law, YOU WILL BE TAXED, not only on the income you make from your business here But also the income you make on the RENTALS in Hongkong, even when the USA had nothing to do with the rentals you own overseas.

I can’t think of any other country that does that.


12 posted on 01/08/2013 8:34:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I never thought I would see the day that the US and Russia were trading places.

I get a kick that this piece is worded that Depardieu may have ruined Hollande’s presidency.

No, Hollande has ruined Hollande’s presidency.


13 posted on 01/08/2013 8:43:27 AM PST by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

No, Francois Hollande ruined Francois Hollande’s “presidency”.


14 posted on 01/08/2013 8:44:14 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

LOL! I was thinking the same thing.....Any here interested in putting together the funds? I’ll chip in a few bucks for a plane ticket...


15 posted on 01/08/2013 8:58:41 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: SeekAndFind

Russia is forced to be friendly to the taxpayer, and to be fiscally frugal. Their population is aging, dying off and decreasing in numbers every year.

It’s all good, though. The Muslim population is sharply rising.


16 posted on 01/08/2013 8:59:57 AM PST by lurk
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Since we don’t have that review system here, I’d support a law which subjects elected legislators to immediate termination for voting “yes” on any law subsequently judged to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.


17 posted on 01/08/2013 9:04:51 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: SeekAndFind

You KNOW it’s bad in France when you have to move to Russia for less legal robbery from the government.


18 posted on 01/08/2013 9:06:24 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I am sure he thought about it but the way Obama is, hell, you’d think he was a French politician too.

Fair share == 75%. That’s our Obamacommie for ya. Hell, take it all.

OBAMA: Oh, all of the rich’s money hardly touched our expenses for the year? How could that be? Spending isn’t the problem. The rich must still have some money tucked away somewhere. Oh, we got it all already? Even the Swiss bank accounts and the Cayman Islands stuff? Well, but look, they aren’t buying things anymore, they aren’t doing their part to keep the economy moving - well yes, we did take ALL their money, but they still need to keep buying as much or more as they did before....

What do you mean they can’t just keep spending when they have no money left? IF I CAN DO IT, THEY CAN.


19 posted on 01/08/2013 9:13:06 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: lurk
Their population is aging, dying off and decreasing in numbers every year.


20 posted on 01/08/2013 9:23:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Every time the socialists get in power they make a string of disastrous policy errors that lead voters to eventually throw them out. Francois Mitterarnd in office as President of France from 1981 to 1995 was another one of their Socialist Party disasters.

During part of that time the center-right parties gained control of the legislature and the government holding the office or prime minister through an awkward situation called co-habitation. Two conservative prime minister were Jacques Chirac (1986–88) and Édouard Balladur (1993–95)


21 posted on 01/08/2013 9:24:32 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: SeekAndFind



22 posted on 01/08/2013 9:25:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: WashingtonSource

RE: Two conservative prime minister were Jacques Chirac (1986–88)

More importantly, he served as President of France from 1995 to 2007.

Not sure how “conservative” Chirac is.

After a less statist policy when he was Prime Minister (1986–1988), he changed his method. Then, his economic policies, based on dirigisme, state-directed ideals, stood in opposition to the laissez-faire policies of the United Kingdom, which Chirac famously described as “Anglo-Saxon ultraliberalism”.

Chirac led several other European countries in an effort to prevent the invasion against Saddam Hussein.

On 15 December 2011, the Paris court declared him guilty of diverting public funds and abusing public confidence, and gave Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence.


23 posted on 01/08/2013 9:31:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: WashingtonSource

RE: Two conservative prime minister were Jacques Chirac (1986–88)

More importantly, he served as President of France from 1995 to 2007.

Not sure how “conservative” Chirac is.

After a less statist policy when he was Prime Minister (1986–1988), he changed his method. Then, his economic policies, based on dirigisme, state-directed ideals, stood in opposition to the laissez-faire policies of the United Kingdom, which Chirac famously described as “Anglo-Saxon ultraliberalism”.

Chirac led several other European countries in an effort to prevent the invasion against Saddam Hussein.

On 15 December 2011, the Paris court declared him guilty of diverting public funds and abusing public confidence, and gave Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence.


24 posted on 01/08/2013 9:31:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

“Hollande’s idiotic and rusty communist/socialist ideology will ruin his Presidency.The only question is how much of the French economy will be ruined, and how many people will have their lives hurt, before his Presidency ends.”

So tell us, how is this any different that the situation here in the U.S.? The idiots in France are just like the idiots here. Everyone is imbued with the notion that there is a free lunch for them from the government, and there is always an Obama or a Hollande waiting to tell them that they are right!


25 posted on 01/08/2013 9:51:24 AM PST by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind

With the criminal psychopath Obama as President of the US, Russia might be one of the safest nations on the planet to live within right now. US Obama Drones with hellfire missiles do not fly over Russian territory.


26 posted on 01/08/2013 9:56:47 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't blame GD for leaving France, but he may regret taking Russian citizenship. Contrarians don't fair well in Russia.
27 posted on 01/08/2013 10:09:31 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: SeekAndFind

In sufficient numbers and volume, this used to be called “brain drain”, as people with ability fled areas where ability was punished.

Once upon a time the West used to benefit from brain drain.


28 posted on 01/08/2013 10:50:55 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: SeekAndFind

An unfunny farce coming soon to a neighborhood near you.


29 posted on 01/08/2013 11:50:41 AM PST by YHAOS
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