Writer returns from tax exile



PARIS:  Top French writer Michel Houellebecq said he had returned to France after years of living as a tax exile in Ireland.

Houellebecq, who won France's top literary prize in 2010, said he had decided to return to France, despite a new tax on top earners that is driving some, including actor Gerard Depardieu, to leave the country.  "Let's say that money is important, but it's not the most important thing," he said in an email.

"The main reason is that I wanted to again speak my language in my daily life," said Houellebecq, 56, who had been living near Shannon in western Ireland.

Houellebecq, who won the Goncourt Prize for his best-selling satire The Map and the Territory, rose to prominence in the 1990s with Les Particules Elementaires, which was translated into English as Atomised and won widespread acclaim. 

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