France's oldest citizen dies at 113

27th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Clementine Solignac died early Sunday morning in her retirement home.

27 May 2008

VOREY SUR ARZON - France's oldest citizen, Clementine Solignac, who lived through two world wars and the turn of two centuries, has died aged 113, her retirement home said on Monday.

Solignac died early Sunday morning surrounded by her family, in a retirement home in Vorey-sur-Arzon in the central Haute Loire region, the town where she was born on 7 September 1894. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday.

She was married in 1921 to Michel Solignac, who lost a leg in World War I.

Together they had a daughter, and ran a small farm until Michel's death in 1961 when Clementine Solignac moved in near her daughter.

Until the age of 106, she led an independent life, cooking for herself each day on a wood-burning stove and milking her grandson's cows, according to relatives.

When asked about her age, she would reply "The good Lord has forgotten about me!"

France has a reputation for being home to some of the longest-living people on the planet.

The oldest person on record was the Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

The country's oldest citizen is now 112-year-old Eugenie Blanchard, from Saint-Barthelemy in the French Caribbean, according to the INSERM medical research institute.

Currently, the world's oldest living person is a US woman from Indiana, Edna Parker, who celebrated her 115th birthday on 20 April.

[AFP / Expatica]

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