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"As we say, artists are easily offended and therefore I understand the feelings of Mr. Depardieu," Putin said.
Although France’s highest court struck down the new tax on Dec. 29, the government has promised to resubmit the law in a slightly different form. On Wednesday, the French government estimated the court decision to overturn the tax would cost the country 210 million euro ($275 million) in 2013.
In an interview, Depardieu told the Sunday Parisien the court decision made no difference.
France’s debt burden is around 90 percent of national income — not far off levels that have caused problems elsewhere in the 17-country eurozone.
Depardieu is not the only high-profile Frenchman to object to the super tax. Bernard Arnault — chief of the luxury goods and fashion giant LVMH and worth an estimated $41 billion — has said he would leave for Belgium.
Hinnant contributed from Paris. Silvie Corbet also contributed from Paris.
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