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Camille Loiseau
Camille Loiseau
Birth: 13 February 1892
Paris, France
Death: 12 August 2006
Paris, France
Age: 114 years, 180 days
Country: FRA FlagFRA
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Camille Blanche Loiseau Chadal (13 February 1892 – 12 August 2006) was the oldest living person in France for more than a year, until her death aged 114 years, 180 days. Loiseau was ranked fifth in the world in the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records. She achieved the position of France's oldest woman, known in France as the Doyenne de France, upon the death of Anne Primout on 26 March 2005, who also died at the age of 114.

Loiseau was the oldest validated person living in Europe since the death of 114-year-old Italian Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi on 28 December 2005, and became the fifth-oldest validated living person in the world on the death of 115-year-old American Susie Gibson on 16 February 2006. Camille Loiseau was succeeded as doyenne of France by Marie-Simone Capony, aged 112 at the time, though the title was first given to fellow 112-year-old Marie Mornet, who lived in the western town of Poitou-Charentes, but was three weeks younger than Capony.[1]

Biography

Loiseau was born in Paris and never moved out of the city until her hospitalisation in 1998 due to a fall. She was the youngest of nine children, four boys and five girls. On 13 August 1910 she married Rene Frederic Chadal, although their marriage lasted only 15 days.[2] As is common in France, Camille Loiseau chose not to use her husband's last name. She never had children.

She worked as an accountant in a shoe store (she filled out slips) and she was entitled to a free pair of shoes a year. She also said that she had worked at "Magasins Réunis", Place de la République, where she participated in beauty contests organized for the staff. She retired in 1957.

Loiseau had celebrated her last birthday "with a little champagne", and was known right to the end of her life for her humour and flirtatiousness. She died in the Hopital Paul-Brousse in Villejuif.

Additionally, she and Japanese supercentenarian Toyo Endo were the oldest people to share a birthday, and were even recognised by Guinness World Records in the 2010 edition.

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France's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Marie-Philomene Flassayer • Marguerite-Marie Ayne • Rosine Wolff • Desiree Foucher • Marie-Ernestine Compain • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Frederique Noel • Augustine Tessier • Elisa Esnault • Eugenie Roux • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Helene Chanteperdrix • Jeanne Dumaine • Marie Bremont • Germaine Haye • Anne Primout • Camille Loiseau • Marie-Simone Capony • Clementine Solignac • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Diaz • Marcelle Narbonne • Marie-Therese Bardet • Paule Bronzini • Irenise Moulonguet • Suzanne Burrier • Marie Liguinen • Olympe Amaury • Eudoxie Baboul • Elisabeth Collot • Honorine Rondello • Lucile Randon