Actor Depardieu denies leaving France for tax reasons

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FIFA President Blatter is accompanied by French actor Depardieu as he arrives before the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 Gala at the Kongresshaus in ZurichPARIS (Reuters) – Film star Gerard Depardieu denied that he was leaving his homeland for tax reasons on Monday, saying that, although he now had a Russian passport, he was still very much French. In an interview with sports channel L'Equipe 21 – his first since a row broke out in December over his decision to buy a house over the border in Belgium – Depardieu said that if he had wanted to leave to avoid tax hikes he would have gone earlier. "I have a Russian passport, but I remain French and I will probably have dual Belgian nationality. …