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Actor Will Smith on 75% French Rate: ‘God Bless America’

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 09:19 PM

By Todd Beamon

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French President Francois Hollande’s promise to hit those making more than $1.24 million a year with a 75 percent tax has actor Will Smith singing the praises of America.

In a French television interview in May, the Philadelphia-born star of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” TV series explained why he would pay higher taxes, CNSNews.com reported on Wednesday.

Smith, a supporter of President Barack Obama, was in Europe promoting his latest film, “Men in Black III.”

“I have no issue with paying taxes and whatever needs to be done for my country to grow,” he said in the interview, according to CNS. “I believe very firmly that my ability to sit here – I’m a black man who didn't go to college, yet I get to travel around the world and sell my movies – and I believe very firmly that America is the only place on Earth that I could exist.

“So I will pay anything that I need to pay to keep my country growing,” Smith said.

The interviewer then asked Smith about Hollande’s plan.

“75? Yeah, that’s different, that’s different,” Smith responded, according to CNS. “Yeah, 75. Well, you know, God bless America.”



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