Pedestrian walks past a tobacco store in Nechin, a town just across the border from France

 
Pedestrian walks past a tobacco store in Nechin, a town just across the border from France
A pedestrian walks past a tobacco store in Nechin, a town just across the border from France December 19, 2012. French actor Gerard Depardieu, accused by French government leaders of trying to dodge taxes by buying a house over the border in Nechin, Belgium, has retorted that he was leaving because "success" was now being punished in his homeland. A popular and colourful figure in France, the 63-year-old Depardieu is the latest wealthy Frenchman to seek shelter outside his native country after tax increases by the Socialist government. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol