Jacques Was Selling Books on the Sidewalk on Commercial Drive. He is 70.
ONLY: What is your name?
JAQUES: Jacques Alexandre Michel Cote-DeVille. DeVille because I am a duke. A French duke.
ONLY: Youâ€™re a French Duke? What does that mean exactly?
J: Well, what does that mean? I am related to the King of France, Louis XVI. Because my ancestor, she was the sister of Louis XVI. But she has been guillotined, you know that, yeah?
ONLY: Okay, so youâ€™re sort of like royalty then?
J: Yes, yes, but I donâ€™t care about that, you know. I am human being like you, like everyone else!
ONLY: Have you gotten any benefits through that of any kind?
J: Yes, I have got some benefit because I got back the castle from my ancestorâ€”my son is an architect and heâ€™s taking care of it. And I work a few years in Dubaiâ€”maybe you know Dubai?
J: I worked there and I bought my own castle, but small one.
ONLY: What do you do now then?
J: Now you can see me I am selling a few things I have because I am cleaning my apartment and things like that. But I have my own office. You know that sometime [movies] need somebody for languages? When actors they donâ€™t speak it, and they have to say something in French? That is what I do, once in a while.
ONLY: What languages do you speak?
J: OK, firstly I speak Arabic, because I was born in an Arabic country. I speak Italian, Spanish, French, English, and German.
ONLY: Do you want to give a message to Vancouver in Arabic?
J: Itâ€™s not necessary.
ONLY: Any other language?
J: Je pense que Vancouverâ€”jâ€™espere que ca sera mieux dans le futur, quâ€™il y aura moins de crimes, et que what we need is love, compassion, peace, is what I am for, you know? Because I am for Greenpeace, I donâ€™t know you, but I love Greenpeace. I am for peace, for love, things like that, compassion, and, is what I do, you know? Yeah. The most important in life is love and compassion, you know right?