France"s richest man moves to Belgium and takes multi-billion pound fortune with him "to avoid new socialist super-tax"

France's richest man moves to Belgium and takes multi-billion pound fortune with him 'to avoid new socialist super-tax'Bernard Arnault, head of luxury goods group LVMH, insists that he moved the cash and assets for ‘family inheritance reasons’It is thought he wants to avoid a 75 per cent top rate on income being introduced by President Francois Hollande By Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 19:35 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:15 GMT, 24 January 2013 Bernard Arnault, the 63-year-old head of luxury goods group LVMH, insists that he moved the cash and assets for 'family inheritance reasons The richest man in France has officially transferred his multi-billion pounds fortune out of his Socialist-run homeland, it was confirmed today. Bernard Arnault, the 63-year-old head of luxury goods group LVMH, insists that he moved the cash and assets for ‘family inheritance reasons’

Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show "sobriety"

Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show 'sobriety' Paris may go dark in the early hours of the morning if new plans go aheadTraders fears the blackout would negatively affect tourism and the economy | UPDATED: 17:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 Paris may lose its trademark glow next year after plans emerged to extinguish its street lighting at night to save money. French President Francois Hollande and his energy minister Delphine Batho are considering turning out the lights in and outside public buildings, offices and shops in the early hours of the morning. If the scheme goes ahead, late-night revellers in the city would be advised to carry torches if they venture out between the hours of 1 and 7am

Bulgaria"s bizarre "advert" to tax exile Gerard Depardieu

We have cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes': Bulgaria’s bizarre ‘advert’ to tax exile Gerard Depardieu Letter sent to French stars from Bulgarian policy centreClaims payment of taxes is 'optional' and there is 'possibility to drain as much as you wish from the tax system'Depardieu and Bernard Arnault are the latest in a flood of super-rich French fleeing President Francois Hollande's socialist tax rises | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Bulgaria has invited French tax exiles Gerard Depardieu and Bernard Arnault to become Bulgarian citizens with the promise of 'cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes'. The cheeky letter from Bulgaria's Demographic Policy Centre was sent to the famous film star and France's richest man as a protest against the mass emigration from the cash-strapped eastern European state. Depardieu, 64, and Arnault, 63, both recently announced they were fleeing to Belgium to dodge France's new massive tax hike on the rich of 75 per cent on all earnings over one million euros

Gerard Depardieu vows to give up his French passport and puts 40m Parisian mansion on the market in protest at huge tax hikes

Gerard Depardieu vows to give up his French passport and puts 40m Parisian mansion on the market in protest at huge tax hikesDepardieu, 63, is furious at French President Francois Hollande for several of his policies aimed at taking money away from the richHe wrote an open letter to French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attacking the Government's 'punishment' of success | UPDATED: 17:18 GMT, 16 December 2012 Legendary actor Gerard Depardieu is to give up his French passport in protest at huge tax hikes imposed by the country's Government.

French President Francois Hollande warns David Cameron he cannot pick and choose from "a la carte" Europe

French President Hollande warns Cameron he cannot pick and choose from 'a la carte' Europe to return powers from Brussels British PM wants to repatriate powers from the EU before putting new settlement to British people in a referendumBut Socialist leader Hollande insists membership of the EU is 'for life' | UPDATED: 16:32 GMT, 14 December 2012 David Cameron has been warned by the French that he cannot treat Europe as an ‘a la carte’ menu, where Britain picks and chooses which bits it likes. French President Francois Hollande insisted signing up to the euro bloc was ‘for life’ and ruled out allowing the UK to take back powers already surrendered to Brussels. Mr Cameron will use a major speech in the New Year to spell out set out his vision on Britain’s place in the European Union, offering a referendum on a new settlement.

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler sparks row by meeting opponents of new airport backed by prime minister

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler sparks row by meeting opponents of new airport backed by prime ministerFrancois Hollande's girlfriend met the protestors in Angers, western FranceThe 47-year-old was handed a letter to give to her partnerSome have seen it as a direct snub of PM Jean-Marc AyraultMs Trierweiler has been a target of several verbal attacks by politicians and journalists since her partner became president | UPDATED: 15:14 GMT, 10 December 2012 Approachable: Ms Trierweiler, 47, chatted with the protestors in Angers, western France, this weekend and was even asked to deliver a letter to her partner, President Francois Hollande French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is at the centre of a fresh political scandal after meeting opponents of a new airport – in defiance of the prime minister's support for the project. Ms Trierweiler is accused of trying to undermine PM Jean-Marc Ayrault's authority by consorting with the protestors in Angers, western France, this weekend. The new multi-billion pound airport in Nantes is due for completion in 2017 and has even been dubbed the 'Ayrault-port', a play on the prime minister's name, because of his fierce backing

French MP Bernard Debre savages Valerie Trierweiler: "She"s nothing more than the President"s mistress"

'She's nothing more than the President's mistress': French MP savages Valerie Trierweiler as he demands she stops meddling in politics Right-wing Bernard Debre issued the dramatic put-down in his blog Said her job as a journalist was 'incompatible' with her role as the President's partner | UPDATED: 18:01 GMT, 6 December 2012 An outspoken French MP has branded his country's First Lady 'nothing more than the President's mistress' and told her to 'stop meddling' in the country's affairs. Right-wing firebrand Bernard Debre issued the dramatic put-down to Valerie Trierweiler in his personal blog

Clegg gets the Nobel Peace Prize! Deputy PM to help collect award when it is awarded to the EU

Clegg gets the Nobel Peace Prize! Deputy PM to help collect award when it is awarded to the EU | UPDATED: 22:09 GMT, 4 December 2012 Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will fly to Oslo on Monday to represent Britain at the Nobel ceremony Nick Clegg will pay homage to the European Union next week as he helps collect the Nobel Peace Prize controversially awarded to the institution. The Deputy Prime Minister will fly to Oslo on Monday to represent Britain at the Nobel ceremony, after David Cameron made it clear he was not willing to attend.