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French Heartthrob and Movie Star Moves to Belgium to Avoid Taxes

French actor Gérard Depardieu has set up legal residence in a Belgian village just over the French border to escape his country’s punitive taxes, the local mayor has confirmed.

The 63-year-old star has bought an unglamorous-looking former customs official’s house in the village of Nechin, a stone’s throw from the nearest French town of Roubaix.

The corpulent screen icon is the latest rich Frenchman to flee the country ahead of a new tax of 75 per cent on all earnings over one million euros – around 850,000 pounds. Belgium’s top rate is 50 per cent.

Around a third of the 2,800-strong population of Nechin was already French, the village mayor Daniel Senesael said.

He added: “He has moved in already and he is very welcome here.


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