Walking on the hands but voting by secret ballots
(Writings of Christopher Reed (aka Christophe Gervot), 10: walking on the hands but voting by secret ballots)
To my readers,
I am Christopher Reed, I am Christophe Gervot, I am of French nationality and citizenship (and I live in my country where we vote by secret ballot).
And when I write, most of the time, I write in my native language, French.
My identity papers, my official documents, each time I take a step that engages my identity, in connection with the Republic where I live, the French Republic, and each time that I have a relationship with my banks and that those allow me to pay for my purchases, when I do not pay in cash and that it does not come from a withdrawal at an ATM or at the counter of one of my banks, this identity and this nationality are involved.
I am of French nationality, but I am not a nationalist or a chauvinist when I watch a match on television.
Since the European Union was created and I have friends in countries other than mine, I am even less chauvinistic in the face of international competitions.
The only time I look at sports competitions, and especially football, differently, is for the World Cups and European tournaments which involve nations.
France, you know, won two football world cups. The first, which took place in France, had made France being better known that France that was called "Black, White, Beur", because of the composition of the team, which was plural because the origins of the players. But, don't get me wrong, the unapologetic nationalists, the uninhibited nationalists and the variously disguised nationalists, these players, and those who won the second World Cup for the French Republic, are French.
You can't say : "Okay, they're French, but they're black, or white, or arab ...".
But today's France, what does it bring us?
Let us not forget that it is the France of the Fifth Republic, ultra-presidentialist, and that the French state is centralized, despite attempts of decentralization.
France was considered as the “country of human rights”, with all the rights thus named present in its Constitution.
But even these rights have been damaged.
Anyway, if you can't support yourself when you work or when you can't find a job for various reasons, what about France's republican motto: "Liberty, equality, fraternity"
In this case, as in others, it becomes this: ... , ... , fraternity, but then, it is not the Republic which ensures fraternity.
We are the ones who are capable of it.
The successive pension reforms, which all call into question the social gains relating to pensions, do they not only show the wage and therefore employer charges which are linked to the employment contracts that we sign when we have this chance, if it is our choice and when it is our choice of work, do not benefit enough to the state budget to insure them?
One day, I asked a cop on the phone how to walk the day after. I proposed to him: on the hands? He answered me: “Yes, on the hands”.
You see How life is in France.
What do you think?
Sometimes, when we still believe in it, we only have to vote for the less worse of the candidates in the elections, because they exist, and our vote is secret: it takes place by secret ballot. Let's protect this warranty.
Christopher Reed (hétéronyme de Christophe Gervot), writer, translator, 2020-09-27.