France's richest man, Bernard Arnault, not only wants to become Belgian, he has moved a large part of his fortune north of the border, it was claimed on Thursday.
As millions of people prepared to meet their fiery Mayan deaths , one man remained cool and calm.
Actor Gerard Depardieu, accused by French government leaders of trying to dodge taxes by buying a house over the border in Belgium, has said "success" is now being punished in France.
In the Café à l'Amitié in Néchin, the talk over the Belgian beers is of Gégé. Since the French film star Gérard Depardieu was spotted in the local gastronomic restaurant after visiting the notary to acquire a house in the village, the chatter has been of little else, says Pierrot, 52, in for his lunchtime apéritif.
Two months after Bernard Arnault's bid for Belgian citizenship shocked France, another major cultural figure has crossed the border in a quest for lower taxes.