Depardieu no-show over drink-drive charges

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French actor Gerard Depardieu will not turn up at a Paris court to face charges of drink-driving, his lawyer said yesterday.

Eric de Caumont confirmed his client’s no-show to journalists outside the Palais de Justice in Paris.

The 64-year-old star was detained by police last November after he fell off his scooter in north-west Paris.

Depardieu has caused controversy in recent weeks for other reasons – last Saturday he received a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin.

Last month, Depardieu threatened to return his French passport after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called him “pathetic” for deciding to move to tax-friendly Belgium.

The drink-driving hearing will now be deferred to a criminal court, and Depardieu could lose his driving licence and could face up to two years in jail.