Saturday, 15 July 2017
The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 31
Mr. Pride raised an eyebrow on learning that Mme. Landlord had reported his act of breach of trust to the Syndic. ‘That old hag is always interfering with my business and yet the other landlords always follow her for doing the right things. What do they know, those small fishes?’ He was the largest shareholders of the building thus had the power to fire the Syndic. Despite the claim of being the nation of equal rights, France was severely polarized society, financially. The frequent strike that French workers are renowned for was more like act of desperation rather than defiance. In the end the money wins out.
As they had expected, the Syndic refrained from taking any actions against the restaurant. The blow struck Mme. Landlord hard. There was no way she could gather consent of the other landlords to hire a lawyer against Mr. Pride in time. Three weeks had already passed since the legal permit was granted to the restaurant. Mme. Empathy was confident that two months provisional limitation would pass without a hitch. Mr. Pride knew that Mme. Landlord, a retired lady who had to pay an enormous medical bill for her cancer treatment could not afford to come after him with a lawyer. I could foresee the hell that would follow after the expiration date, not that it was not already hell in my apartment. The sight of all the deserted rooms above restaurants in Paris crossed my mind. The victims of the financially polarized France.
However, I was from Japan, a nation of ‘nearly all-middle income class.’ I am not a rich person, but had a saving that I had meant to spend on learning French culture. I was at the cross road: one was to keep my saving and leave France; the other was to learn the French culture in a hard but the most unusual manner. To gather information I contacted a lawyer and found out there was one exception to the rules. The person who has been residing in the place before the problems started can launch an appeal to the tribunal regardless of his or her legal status. This means, even a tenant like me can try stop the establishment of the legality of the permit falsely granted to Mme. Empathy.
To be continued.