Gerard Depardieu: a monument. (Loic Venanceloic/AFP/Getty Images)

“This is someone who left because he lacked attention, love. . . Should we throw stones? He is a monument. He is a poet.”

Elisabeth Depardieu defending ex-husband Gerard Depardieu’s controversial decision to flee France’s high tax on millionaires in an interview with RTL radio. Well, he kind of looks like a monument these days. In other Gerard Depardieu news Monday, the volatile Gallic film star — who accepted a Russian passport from Vladi­mir Putin Saturday — told reporters that while he now lives in Belgium, “I remain French.”

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