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Cuba Has More Centurians Than Any Other Country In The World

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What does Cuba have that the rest of the world does not have? Isolation from disease and germs, hard work, pedestrian lifestyle, limited food supply with ample fruit and vegetables, but little modern transfat fast food restaurants, and warm tropical climate.

Who says that global warming and Communism isn’t healthy? Michael Moore will be so pleased.

But France says they have the oldest: France’s Oldest Citizen 113 dies.

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 September 7, 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 single 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 April 20.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

May 26, 2008 at 11:22 am

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