July 25, 2011

FRANCE: The Oldest of the French is no more

PARIS, France / Europe1.fr / News / July 24, 2011

Aussant Matilda died at 113 years. © DR

By Plana Radenovic with AFP

The oldest French person Mathilde Aussant, aged 113 years, died Saturday morning at the Hospital de Vendôme in the Loir-et-Cher, according to information from The New Republic .

Born in the nineteenth century:  She was born in Donges , Loire-Atlantique, in the nineteenth century, February 27, 1898, just weeks after the famous Emile Zola's "J'accuse" in the middle of the Dreyfus Affair.

Widowed twice during her long life, she had no family since the death of her daughter. She was then placed under guardianship.

Aussant Matilda, born Gaudet, had originally started as a waitress, after the death of her mother. Fifth in a family of 11 children, she then left her brothers and sisters to go to Paris. She worked there as a worker at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and at other times as a concierge, and as housekeeper in schools.

After two marriages and widowed twice, she lived with her ​​daughter in Paris, then the two women settled in Fréteval in Vendome. Before being admitted in the retirement home of the Morea, at the age of 101, in the Loir-et-Cher. She was deaf and did not appear in public for many years.

She will be buried at Fréteval.

The previous doyen of the French, a retired nun 113 years, Eugenie Blanchard, died November 4, 2010.


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