Simple investment or tax exile? Gerard Depardieu reportedly bought a house in Belgium, according to information from the Belgian daily Le Soir. On Monday, the French actor was passing through the town of Estaimpuis to sign the purchase of a property in the area Néchin, located less than three kilometers from the French border.
While it is too early to confirm the intentions of the actor, it is the reputation of the city chosen by Gérard Depardieu makes talk. Néchin and municipalities near home indeed many French fortunes. Members of the Mulliez family, owner of Auchan, Decathlon and other major retail chains are installed Estaimpuis. Belgium, which heavily tax labor income, does not impose on capital or on the capital gains on private assets, which makes the flat country a tax haven for billionaires French.
"We were not aware (of the arrival of Gérard Depardieu, Ed), but it does not surprise us. The conditions are ideal to install Néchin, Le Figaro said the employee of a real estate agency that covers the region. The city is located near the border, neighbors are lovely, cheap property. With all our French customers, the richest in particular, we discuss the specific tax of the country this is obviously very advantageous no fax cash loans. "
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Early September, Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, himself had requested the Franco-Belgian dual nationality, prompting many reactions around the 75% tax on very high incomes, François Hollande promised. French first fortune was assured that he had not made the request for tax reasons.
Gérard Depardieu, support of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 and 2012, had not ruled on the tax.
Contacted by Le Figaro, Daniel Senesael, the socialist mayor of the municipality of Estaimpuis manages Néchin, did not wish to comment. Highlighting the seal of secrecy, the notary Belgian Gérard Depardieu has remained silent about the intentions of his client, according to RTL.
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