This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
The Jean de Vienne in Eastern Mediterranean
Cyprus had been split in two parts in 1974: Greek Cyprus in the south and Turkish Cyprus in the north.
Lebanon was in the middle of its civil war that lasted from 1975 to 1990.
We were not the first French Navy ship to go to Cyprus and Lebanon: the Georges Leygues had already been there.
First, we went to Larnaca, on the east coast of Cyprus, in the southern part, very close to the northern part.
There was not much to do in Larnaca, except to see the walls that have been erected between the two parts, sometimes in the middle of a street.
Jounieh, viewed from Harissa
With another officer, while visiting the city, we found a computer store. I started to discuss computers with the storekeeper. After ten minutes, my colleague asked to be excused. I think the discussion continue for almost an hour!
With the commanding officer, we went by helicopter to Beirut, to have lunch at the French embassy.
There were nets in front of the windows in the embassy, to avoid having grenade exploding inside the building.
The instructions to the crew, including the officers, were to not go to Beirut, but to stay in Jounieh.
One morning, just after breakfast, the commissaire came to have some papers signed by the commanding officer.
The commanding officer asked the commissaire:
- What did you do yesterday, commissaire?
I told the commanding officer:
- Do not ask him this question, sir.
And the commissaire did not reply. At least, he did not lie.
After his departure, the commanding officer ask me for an explanation.
In Beirut, on the green line there were several French Navy officers that were observers. One of them was a friend of the commissaire and invited him to visit the green line and to see all the posts of the different factions. So, the commissaire could not resist and went to Beirut, contrarily to the instructions.
After Jounieh, we went back to Larnaca, then to Toulon.
After more than five years, we had no children, so we decide to adopt. In 1984, we started to contact many different organizations to find children to adopt.
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