how DARE they!
…decide that the French government’s willingness to allow the wealthiest citizens to keep 25% of their salary isn’t good enough! Mon Dieu…I mean, Mon Fraternite!
Their kind and generous government is LETTING them keep a quarter of what they make – what greed to want more than what their good overseers believe is necessary in these difficult times
“Socialist MP Yann Galut called for the actor to be “stripped of his nationality” if he failed to pay his dues in his mother country, saying the law should be changed to enable such a punishment.
Benoît Hamon, the consumption minister, said the move amounted to giving France “the finger” and was “anti-patriotic”.
For those who lose their nationalities in this flap up- if the French really do follow through on their promise, I’d note that the people trying to cross the Berlin wall before 1989 were all going in a single direction – and the guards of East Berlin never needed to protect the border from anyone attempting to go east…
…The strip was covered with raked gravel, making it easy to spot footprints, it offered no cover, was mined and booby-trapped with tripwires and, most importantly, it offered a clear field of fire to the armed guards – who were instructed to shoot on sight.
Despite the various security measures enforced, escape attempts were commonplace, especially in the years immediately following the erection of the wall, when there was still a fighting chance of making it across alive. …
…For those unable or unwilling to abscond from the East [to the West], life was bleak; and things only continued to get worse throughout the 70s and 80s as Communism and the USSR began to collapse