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It was a good life. You worked hard, but you had a lot of
fun. We went off on vacations, first to Rapallo, then to a little
town called Cassis on the Mediterranean coast of France near
Marseilles, which was a lovely place where I perfected my art of
drinking. Then we would go to Majorca. My mother and I went off to
Majorca sometimes on the spring vacations and then we would go to a
place called Pollenza in Majorca, where you could get a nice room for
a dollar a day. I got one of my first jobs there as a bartender.
Some friends of mine owned a bar and they decided to get a divorce
and they had to go to the mainland to do that and left me in charge
of the bar for two months at age seventeen--bar and restaurant, which
was a great educational opportunity in every sense of the word.
Were you totally carefree or did you understand what was
happening, let's say, politically in Europe in general?
Oh, yes. If you are brought up in the French system, the
first thing you learn is to argue about politics and practically
everything else. Even as a kid, you discuss everything that's going
on and you have very strong views about everything.
What were some of your views?
I shouldn't say strong views. You had very argumentative
views. It was not a matter of having a faith, it was a matter of
winning an argument and you could take either side of the argument.
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