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Maurice Floquet
Maurice Floquet
Birth: 25 December 1894
Poissons, France
Death: 10 November 2006
Montaroux, France
Age: 111 years, 320 days
Country: FRA FlagFRA
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Maurice Noel Floquet (25 December 1894–10 November 2006) holds the record as the oldest male French supercentenarian and was one of the last surviving French World War 1 veterans. His case is verified by the Gerontology Research Group. [1]

Biography

Maurice Floquet was born on Christmas Day 1894 in Poissons, France.

Floquet was in the artillery during World War I. His military history has been variously reported. It was said that he joined in September 1914 and served on the Belgian front in December 1914. He was wounded on several occasions. The first of these wounds came at the Second Battle of the Marne. A second occurred at the Somme during hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets. The third wound occurred at Beausejour part of the Neuve Chapelle; a lump of rock pierced Floquet's throat and obstructed his breathing. By all accounts it was an enemy soldier who removed the rock and so saved Floquet's life.

A year later, and back on the front line, Floquet was again wounded in the head and left arm when a grenade exploded. The hole in Floquet's head was patched up by a nurse who found a piece of someone else's cartilage. Floquet's outer ear was blown off. After recuperating, toward the end of the war, Floquet was sent to a bomb factory, and was decommissioned in 1919. Floquet still had a German bullet lodged in his arm. [2]

After the war, Floquet married and became a tractor repairman. He worked in his garden until he was over age 100. At age 110 he still rode an exercise bike for 20 minutes a day in the backyard of his apartment — an unusual feat for a supercentenarian. However, by November 2006, Floquet was described as 'confined to bed'.

Floquet became France's oldest living veteran on 30 March 2002, following the passing of 109-year-old Hilaire Dharboulle. He became the oldest living man in France on 13 September 2002, after the death of 108-year-old Jean Latie.

On 25 December 2004 (his 110th birthday), Floquet was promoted by president Jacques Chirac to the rank of officer in the Légion d'honneur. In May 2006, Floquet became France's oldest verified man on record, when he surpassed Algerian-born Emile Fourcade (1884–1995), who lived to the age of 111 years, 153 days.

By all accounts, Floquet enjoyed watching sports on TV and, being a little vain, didn't like to wear his eyeglasses. He was allowed one full glass of red wine every day — and champagne on special occasions. In October 2006, Floquet sent letters to Henry Allingham (then Britain's oldest man and oldest living veteran) and Robert Meier (Germany's oldest man and oldest living veteran at the time).[citation needed] The three shared the unique status of each being both the oldest man and oldest veteran of their respective countries. At the time of his death, Floquet was the oldest living man in Europe.

Maurice Floquet died on 10 November 2006 at the age of 111 years, 320 days. [3] He died just one day before the 88th anniversary of the end of World War I. At the time of his death, he was the 22nd oldest verified man ever. He is still in the top 40 today.

References

  1. GRG Table A - Verified Supercentenarians (Listed Chronologically By Birth Date)
  2. France Agonizes Over How To Remember World War I Veterans History News Network
  3. Le doyen des poilus de la Grande Guerre s'éteint à l'âge de 111 ans Le Monde


France's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Jean Teillet • Louis-Jules Lebon • Unknown • Adolphe GravelinesHenri Perignon • Emile Fourcade • Bernard Delhom • Louis Arthur Bon • Leon-Clement Estivals • Theophane Rifosta • Alexis Daigneau • Raymond Abescat • Hilaire Dharboulle • Jean Latie • Maurice Floquet • Aime Avignon • Louis de Cazenave • Lazare Ponticelli • Pierre Picault • Joseph Malahieude • Felix Rostaing • Philibert Parnasse • Charles De Antoni • Andre Coudrat • Louis Le Bouedec • Emile Turlant • Philippe Vocanson • Roger Gouzy • Robert Bourdon • Georges Massard • Roger Auvin

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