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Jules Theobald, a 112-year-old from the Caribbean island of Martinique, France’s overseas department, died Tuesday at his home in Fort-de-France.
Born April 17, 1909 – although family legend says he was born two years earlier – the father of three worked as a dock and fisherman.
In a 2019 interview, he vehemently insisted that “if it was up to me, I could live to be 200. I had a good little life. I don’t regret anything.”
Back in March, residents voted for the enthusiastic dancer and domino player of the honorary president of his home district, Pointe des Negres.
“He will leave a big void, even though his death was quite expected,” Fort-de-France Deputy Mayor Steeve Moreau said.
“He loved his area. He knew everything and everyone knew him – he was very close to people.”
The oldest man in the world is the Spaniard Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia, 112 years and 236 days old since Tuesday. He was born two months and one week before Theobald.
France was also the home of the oldest person whose age was independently determined. She was Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.