France’s Jean-Marc Ayrault slams flight of the 'greedy rich’
By Henry Samuel, Paris
7:08PM GMT 11 Dec 2012
Jean-Marc Ayrault’s outburst came after France’s best-known actor, Gerard Dépardieu, took up legal residence in a small village just over the border in Belgium, alongside hundreds of other wealthy French nationals seeking lower taxes.
“Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor,” the prime minister declared after unveiling sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis.
These individuals are leaving “because they want to get even richer,” he said. “We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit of generosity,” he added.
“Rich” people aren’t staying in France so the government can steal what they earned? How selfish and greedy! Who’d have seen this one coming?