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FRANCE: ARLES: JEANNE CALMENT'S 120TH BIRTHDAY

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French/Nat She remembers selling coloured pencils to Vincent Van Gogh and watching builders erect the Eiffel Tower. Jeanne Calment has outlived the rest of her family. But the woman said to be the world's oldest person had plenty of company and attention when she turned 120 Tuesday. More than five thousand birthday cards from around the world arrived at Jeanne Calment's nursing home in Arles. Journalists from around the world flocked to see her and her neighbours join in the birthday celebrations. Hard of hearing and nearly blind, Calment has been living since 1985 at the nursing home that has been named after her. The Guinness Book of Records lists Calment as the oldest person in the world whose age can be authenticated. She has been the oldest person since 1991, when American Carry White died at 116. And In seven months and 22 days, she would surpass Shigechiyo Izumi - a Japanese man who died in 1986 - as the oldest person of all time with a verifiable birth date. Experts, including her doctor, say the secrets to her youth lie partly in genetics, and partly in her extraordinary character. UPSOUND "A treat, give me a treat." "We'll bring you a candy. I will put it in your mouth...There, you can open your mouth....there." SOUNDBITE: (In French) "She comes from a family that has a propensity for living long and she has been endowed with a character that is extremely strong, extremely well structured which has allowed her to face life, and I do mean face life rather that be a victim of it, regardless of how hard some events of her life have been" SUPER CAPTION: Doctor Victor Limbre Calment has been forced to give up her two cigarettes a day and her single glass of port before meals, but she still nibbles on chocolate and plans many more birthdays. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/f73a5fabe934f3bfbfadfc11bf1cbf7e Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Henk Wassenaar (2 months ago)
My grandmother was 90 years old when she passed away, her father was 95. I think thats very old. Jeanne Calment was 27 years older than my great grandfather.....
R.I.P. Jeanne Calment
i know but still.
Marco (3 months ago)
A Channel With Some Videos //Alex2004 your 2 years late...
ItzNickVlogs (10 months ago)
My Grandma Is 98
BalthazarTheGreat (1 year ago)
Damn the human body drastically deteriorates after 100 years. it seems like every 10 years the body has aged another 50. Couldn't even imagine how the body would look at 200.
Marco (3 months ago)
Malik Is thier a way we can super slow down the aging genes in us?
Malik (7 months ago)
human bodies aren't made to last to over 120 years, shes one out of billions too achieve that age
pats4lifebb (1 year ago)
I mean, it kinda goes without saying, but she looked great for 120 and was in incredible health well into her 100s, she was able to walk without a cane until 114
TheClassicalSymphony (2 years ago)
i wish someone would translate this into English
stedz bk (2 years ago)
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