Depardieu exits France over tax row

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Robert Lovell
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The Russian government has granted French actor Gérard Depardieu citizenship following a long-running tax row in his native country.

Depardieu's high profile tax dispute started last year after President Francois Hollande said he would raise taxes to 75% for those earning more than £817,400.

Depardieu was quick to accuse the new government of “punishing success, creation and talent”, and announced in early December that he would be moving to Belgium. Since then Depardieu announced he would give up his French passport after the government criticised his decision to move to Russia to avoid higher taxes.

Earlier this week the Constitutional Council struck down the government’s tax rise proposal, however Depardieu said this would not change the situation.

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