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Actor Gerard Depardieu speaks during a news conference to promote the movie "Mammuth" at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, February 19, 2010.
Actor Gerard Depardieu speaks during a news conference to promote the movie "Mammuth" at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, February 19, 2010.
(Christian Charisius/Reuters)

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Hollande losing war of words with Depardieu over top tax rate

Could a bibulous and rowdy French actor be François Hollande’s nemesis? Having ousted the snooty and patrician Nicolas Sarkozy to become President of the Republic, the socialist leader finds himself in confrontation with Gérard Depardieu, a larger-than-life working-class thespian who is threatening to turn Belgian rather than pay more taxes.