In the old days, Napoleon went into exile. But these days French leaders go into tax exile:
Sarkozy’s Plans ‘To Dodge New 75% French Tax Rate By Moving To London With Wife Carla And Setting Up £1bn Private Equity Fund’
This bit is very Gallic:
Details of the planned move were uncovered during a raid by fraud police on Sarkozy’s Paris mansion last June.
When your tax rates are so high even the corrupt politicians are moving out, you’ve got a problem.