Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Depardieu Affair

Frédéric Martel, the host of  Soft Power on France Culture, has this to say about the Depardieu affair (via Facebook):
Contrairement à ce que l'on pense - à Paris, dans la gauche bobo, dans les beaux quartiers etc. - l'affaire Depardieu est un désastre pour le gouvernement. Elle a donné un visage à ce qui est en fin de compte une injustice : sur le marché de mon village ici, dans le Sud, tout le monde lui donne raison depuis qu'on sait qu'il a certainement été imposé à plus de 70 % (peut-être 80 % comme l'a montré Le Monde à cause de l'ISF non plafonné). Les Français, en fait, pardonnent beaucoup à leurs stars et à leurs artistes. L'opinion publique est en train de basculer en sa faveur. Des politiciens, des Moscovici, des Cahuzac, des énarques inspecteurs des finances, on en a beaucoup ; mais des Depardieu on n'en a qu'un. Et dans le match Hollande-Depardieu, c'est Depardieu qui rafle la mise. L'affaire Depardieu va, contre toute attente, coûter cher à la gauche. Elle est un révélateur.

5 comments:

Gero von Randow said...

Yesss! That's what I thought (& wrote) already 10 days ago ...

Anonymous said...

The French finally embrace globalization: Depardieu and the logic of the "global citizen," ready to commit regulatory arbitrage in a heartbeat!

Passerby said...

I think that the socialist realized quite rapidly (but too late) that the PR wasn't going well on the Depardieu-gate. Immediately after Depardieu's open letter to JM Ayrault in the JDD, the prime minister was publicly explaining how "minable" wasn't aimed at the man. At this stage he was already in damage control mode.

Beside French liking their idols, I think that this is backfiring on the government because people know that Depardieu has been making money for a while and yet always paid his taxes here. Lately I heard a lot of people say things like: "the millions he paid in taxes, we're going to have fill the gap". And people don't blame him, they blame the governement for it.

DavidinParis said...

Depardieu's letter to the PS was on the mark. At first, I felt it was a pity he was leaving mostly due to his silence in doing so. Once he spoke out however, he looked the at this dithering group of technocrats in the eyes and spoke for so many, including those of us who are not rich and far from his tax bracket. One of the most stinging insinuations was that this government underwrites the notion that no one should stand too tall with extraordinary talents. I believe the saying here is that the tallest poppy is the first to be cut down. Amen!

Stéphan said...

F. Martel is perfectly right. How can we import John Rawls in France ? At that stage, the political left here is just showing to its own constituency that they don't really understand what they are doing.
See this also: "Retour sur l'exil fiscal" we published yesterday

http://www.contreligne.eu/2012/12/retour-sur-lexil-fiscal-rawls-voile-ignorance-socialiste-babeuf/