This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
Geneviève and I stayed for 10 months in Saint-Mandrier.
Aerial view of Saint-Mandrier
On weekdays, I would drive Geneviève to her high school in La Seyne-sur-Mer. She was 22 years old, that is 5 years older than all the other students . In the afternoon, either I would go get her with my car, or she would take the bus back to Saint-Mandrier. I was a student at the "École des Officiers Détecteurs" (School of Radar and Electronic Warfare Officers) at the CIN Saint-Mandrier.
Contrarily to most of my colleagues, I was more interested in technical stuff than in operations. In the French Navy, the radar officers (officiers détecteurs) are the one that help the Commanding Officer of a ship to conduct naval operations. My comrades either did not like to study the technical stuff or were thinking that it was better for their naval career to not be know as too technical. My position was that to conduct successful operations, you need to have good equipments, so the technical aspect was at least as important.
During the weekends, we would visit various parts of the Côte d'Azur, known in English as the "French Riviera". For example, we went several times to Saint-Tropez during the spring when there are not too many tourists.
At this time, when you were an officer in the French armed forces, if you wanted to marry a foreigner, you had to ask for permission. So, I did ask for permission to marry Geneviève. She was interviewed by the gendarmes. They realized that she was not a spy and I got the requested permission.
However, as I knew that marrying Geneviève would greatly damage the relationship with my parents and part of my close family, I did not follow through.
At the end of the school year, in June 1975, Geneviève wrote the Baccalauréat, the exam at the end of high school in France and succeeded with an average mark of 12.5/20.
As for me, after the "École des Officiers Détecteurs", I was to become the computer officer for a new ship, first of its class, the Georges Leygues, that was being built in Brest. However, before moving to Brest, I was to be trained in Paris about the computers that were going to be installed on the ship. As the instruction was starting in January 1976, I would stay temporarily in the CIN Saint-Mandrier to be the boss of the "Cours des Électroniciens de la Marine".
During the summer of 1975, Geneviève moved to Paris and in September she started nursing school. And I stayed in Saint-Mandrier.
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