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Clemence Rioual
Clemence Rioual
Clemence Rioual at the age of 105.
Birth: 31 March 1911
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Age: 110 years, 299 days
Country: FranceFRA

Clemence Rioual [French: Clémence] (née Nicolas, born 31 March 1911) is a French supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early Life

Clemence Rioual was born as Clemence Nicolas in Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore [French: Faubourg-Saint-Honoré], Paris, Ile-de-France, France on 28 February 1911, from two parents from Rosporden and Melgven, in Finistere department. Having lost her parents at age 5, she was raised by her grandmother in Melgven, Finistere, Brittany, France, and worked in the fields.

Rioual married a man with the surname Rioual; they had one daughter, Michele [French: Michèle], and the couple liked to make boat trips. Rioual made a lot of professions. She spend a part of her life in Paris before coming back to Concarneau in 1985.

Later Life

Rioual's brother-in-law, Jos Rioual (1909-2011) lived to 101. At the age of 105, she lived alone in her own flat, and receives a domestic helper once a week. She walked with a cane (but only to prevent her from falling), could do swing, and often received the visit of her daughter with her dog Iggy Pop. Sometimes, she drinks a glass of bordeaux with some sugar cane, but she said journalists while laughing: "My secret? I haven't any secret."

On her 107th birthday, Rioual had 3 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren (three of them being Youna (aged 7 in 2018), Anaelle [French: Anaëlle] (aged 14 in 2018), and Malcolm (aged 12 in 2018)). She was reported to like watching the serie Sœur Thérè, and said: "My little trick for staying in good shape, other than my family's love: I drink a little glass of porto each day, with water and sugar cane."

At the age of 107, she moved to her daughter's Michele house. On her 108th birthday, Rioual was reported to be "indifferent" about her age. Because of the first lockdown in France, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she celebrated her 109th birthday in "head-to-head" with her daughter Michele.

Some weeks before her 110th birthday, Rioual moved to Cornouaille's readaptation pole, in Saint-Yvi, Finistere, Brittany, France, where she celebrated her 110th birthday. She was reported to have a good appetit, and some weeks after, she will come back to her daughter's house in Concarneau.

Following the death of 111-year-old Anne-Marie Papail on 11 April 2021, Rioual became the oldest living person in Brittany.

Rioual currently lives in Concarneau, Finistere, Brittany, France, at the age of 110 years, 299 days. She is currently the oldest living person in Brittany, and the oldest living person in Finistere department.