The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 28, 2012

Cash-strapped Europe nations are not shy about taxing the rich

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UCCLE, Belgium —

Arnault insists he’ll continue to pay French taxes. He says his move to Uccle is purely to expedite investment projects he has planned in Belgium, though critics point out that Belgian citizenship isn’t necessary for that.

De Decker, the mayor, recalls that Arnault said nothing about trying to avoid France’s super-tax when the two met late last year but that he did complain about widespread hostility at home toward wealthy people.

De Decker says Arnault told him: “In France, they don’t like entrepreneurs. They don’t like successful businesses. They hate success. It’s a jealous nation.

“And if they are still going like that, I prefer to come to Belgium.”

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