Actor Gerard Depardieu may be leaving his native France to escape its burdensome tax rates, but he's giving the country's socialist leadership an earful on the way out.
French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Depardieu's actions "pathetic and unpatriotic," inspiring the actor to strike back with his own missive to the weekly newspaper le Journal du Dimanche.
"I am leaving because you believe that success, creation, talent, anything different must be sanctioned," he said....
"We no longer have the same homeland," Depardieu said. "I no longer have any reason to stay here. I will continue to love the French and this public that I have shared so much emotion with...."
"Who are you to judge me, I ask you Mr. Ayrault, prime minister of Mr Hollande? Despite my excesses, my appetite and my love of life, I remain a free man," Depardieu wrote.