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Belgium makes Depardieu honorary citizen

Authorities in the Belgian municipality of Estaimpuis made their most famous resident, Gerard Depardieu, an honorary citizen on Saturday ahead of a housewarming barbecue the French actor is due to host."We are pleased that you have made Nechin your home," local official Daniel Senesael said, referring to the village where Depardieu bought a house last year, before praising the film star for staying true to himself."Gerard, Estaimpuis loves you," he said at the ceremony held at a 12th-century chateau.Depardieu plans to hold a giant barbecue for 200, including his new neighbours, to celebrate moving into the house in Nechin, near the border with France.Local butcher Marc Vens, who is catering the party, told the RTL-TV1 network that T-bone steaks and suckling pig were on the menu.Around a quarter of the residents of Nechin, part of the Estampuis municipality, are French and usually wealthy, attracted to the spot by Belgium's more generous tax laws.Depardieu, 64, stirred up controversy wh...

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