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Actor Depardieu wants to add Algerian passport to his collection

June 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

NICE, France, June 16 (UPI) -- French actor Gerard Depardieu said he wants a passport from Algeria and eventually to have seven countries' passports so he wouldn't need to request visas.

Depardieu, who has gotten Russian nationality and has requested Belgian citizenship, said in Nice he has passports from some of the countries he loves and thinks of himself as a citizen of the world, Radio France Internationale and Journal du Dimanche reported Sunday.

Depardieu also said he supports Femen,a militant feminist Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev, whose members are being tried in Tunisia.

"They are courageous feminists who take responsibility for their actions. They've been left to fend for themselves. They've been condemned but they didn't even kill anybody" he said.

He declined, however, to talk about the imprisonment of Russia's female band Pussy Riot.

When asked about his image, he said, "I think I correspond to an image that the French love, that of a rebel who overcomes barriers and is sometimes a drunk. It's a bit of this hooligan spirit that Putin likes," referring to his friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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