"Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor," the prime minister declared after unveiling sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis.
Note that which is presented in the negative as very important information. The French Prime Minister promised his 75% tax on the wealthy would be passed.
These individuals are leaving "because they want to get even richer," he said. "We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit of generosity," he added.
Note "even" as making "richer" sensitive.
Note the order: "the most" followed by those "with a lot"
Note "solidarity" is unity.
Note "generosity" is a word considered used when someone voluntarily gives to another. In the case of 75% taxes, it is the forcible taking away of what one has earned and not a voluntary action. This highlights the attitude of the Prime Minister towards the successful.
"Thankfully, few are seeking exile to exempt themselves from being in solidarity with fellow Frenchmen."
Note that "few are seeking exile" is in the present tense. The BBC has reported a large number had already left.
Announcing plans to spend up to 2.5 billion euros by 2017 to help the poor, Mr Ayrault said that poverty affected 12.9 percent of the population in 2002 and rose to 14.1 percent in 2010.
France's Socialist President Francois Hollande, who famously once declared "I don't like the rich", has pledged to tax annual income of more than one million euros per year at 75 percent.
David Cameron controversially pledged to "roll out the red carpet" for any French residents trying to flee the massive tax hike.
Mr Hollande has since introduced other hefty new charges on capital gains and inheritance, while increasing France's wealth tax and an exit tax for entrepreneurs selling their companies.
Last week, Britons and other owners of second homes in France were told that the value of their properties could collapse after Mr Hollande's government announced a sharp rise in capital gains tax.
While Mr Ayrault opted not to mention Mr Depardieu yesterday, the Gallic star drew fierce criticism from Left-wing politicians and commentators.
The following comments show the attitude towards the successful. The threatened passage of laws equals institutionalized (legalized) envy. Where once it was said, "thou shalt not covet they neighbor's goods", here is the law mandating that "thou must covet thy neighbor's goods".
Socialist MP Yann Galut called for the actor to be "stripped of his nationality" if he failed to pay his dues in his mother country, saying the law should be changed to enable such a punishment.
Benoît Hamon, the consumption minister, said the move amounted to giving France "the finger" and was "anti-patriotic".
For one who wants to keep what they earn, they are giving "the finger" and being "anti-patriotic"
Reports from France include people trying to hide their wealth due to being singled out for possible retribution:
In a stinging editorial, Libération, the left-leaning daily, called him a "drunken, obese petit-bourgeois reactionary". Le Monde mockingly exclaimed: "Bravo l'artiste!", pointing out he had chosen to make his move "on the eve of a national conference on poverty".
Jean-François Copé, chairman of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party, yesterday said the actor's departure was "terrible for our country and its image" and called on the Socialist government to introduce "progressive fiscal policies".
Mr Depardieu came out in favour of Mr Sarkozy in the his failed re-election bid earlier this year, even appearing in one campaign meeting to say the incumbent had helped him sort out his "business problems".
From the other side, the insults continue:
But Far-Right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said tax exiles like Mr Depardieu wanted to "have their cake and eat it", adding: "All these people general come running back when they have a health problem."
Belgian income and inheritance taxes are lower than in France, and unlike France, Belgium does not impose a tax on personal wealth, making it attractive for entrepreneurs.
Among Mr Depardieu's neighbours in the village of Nechin will be members of the Mulliez family, who own the Auchan supermarket chain.
France's richest man Bernard Arnault admitted this summer that he had applied for Belgian citizenship, although he insisted it had nothing to do with paying lower taxes.