Depardieu in 2010. (Gero Breloer/AP)

Gerard Depardieu announcing to French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that he is relinquishing his French passport. In a fiery open letter published by Le Journal de Dimanche, the Gallic movie star lashed out at Ayrault, who last week called him “pathetic” and “unpatriotic” for his decision to move to Belgium to avoid the hefty French taxes on the rich. “Who are you to judge me so, I ask you. . . . who are you?” the famed bon vivant wrote, maintaining that he moved “because you consider that success, creativity, talent. . . should be sanctioned.” (It sounds so much hotter in French, really.) He concluded: “Despite my excesses, my appetite and my love of life, I am a free person, sir, and I am going to remain polite.”

Earlier: Gerard Depardieu moves to Belgium, 12/10/12

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