NICE, France — France’s oldest citizen, a former librarian from the Riviera city of Cannes who saw the turn of two centuries and two World Wars, has died aged 113, her family said Wednesday.
“She died peacefully, her heart gave up,” said Simone Capony’s nephew Rene.
Partially deaf and blind, and unable to walk following a hip operation 15 years ago, Simone Capony had barely left her home in the hills above Cannes for three decades, but refused to be admitted to a retirement home.
According to local media, two of her neighbors used to visit to read her a daily paper — focussing only on the good news.
Born in 1894, Simone Capony was the eldest of a family of nine brothers and sisters.
Following the death of her fiance in World War I, she never married and remained childless, working as a librarian in her Mediterranean home city.
France has a reputation for being home to some of the longest-living people on the planet. The world’s oldest person on record was the Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.
Currently, the world’s oldest living person is a US woman from Indiana, Edna Parker, who is 114.