Emile Fourcade, France’s oldest man, has died, 111 years after his birth and 56 years after he retired as a tax collector in 1940, the year Nazi Germany occupied France.
Fourcade died at the Grenoble state hospital Dec. 29. His death was announced in a family obituary Saturday in the regional newspaper Le Dauphine Libere.
Fourcade was born July 28, 1884, in Tlemcen, Algeria, when the North African country was a French possession.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest woman in France - and in the world - is Jeanne Calment, who turned 120 last February.
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