Anyway the legality of illegal immigrant isn't the point of my question, my question is about value as in who values the idea of being an American or French citizen more. Does an extremely weathly person value his citizenship or his country that much if he's fleeing for having to pay higher taxes? Obviously it seems to me that he values his money over his country, now I'm not saying one can't love their country but still want to flee depending on the circumstance. History is full of such examples, however the more heroic ones don't revolve around one's taxes, they are things more like "The Nazis are coming therefore I'm fleeing my country so I can one day return to fight them."
So ask yourself this question, if we offered up American citizenship as a prize to whomever was willing to risk their life attempting to cross the US-Mexican border do you think the dirt famer in Mexico would be more willing or the mutli-billionare who is willing to flee for tax reasons? I'm not saying we should grant illegal immigrants citizenship or anything like that, but of the two which do you think would be more likely considering the behavior we've seen from some super wealthy? I think one clearly would risk more to be an American or French citizen than others.
How can we hold someone to be a hero, or a model of behavior, someone who embodies the good old fashion American spirit of hard work and being a self-made man, someone who defines through his life what it is to be an American, when that person flees the country and won't even live there because of taxes? Since when has taxes or money been the most important thing about being an American? Should our heroes be people who won't even live in this country?
Of course we were talking about France in the OP not America, but still the questions apply to anyone who would abandon their country for wealth.