A French nun, who is now the oldest person in the world, has shared the secret of longevity: A glass of wine every day and chocolate. At 118 years and 73 days old, Sister André was named the oldest person in the world by Guinness World Records (GWR) on Monday.
Sister André was already the oldest woman in Europe when she turned 117, but after the death of Japanese woman Kane Tanaka, the title was awarded to her.
GWR says on its website that she was born on February 11, 1904, as Lucille Randon. She cared for children as a nanny and became a nun during World War II in 1944.
Sister André survived the First World War, the Spanish Flu of 1918 and became the world’s oldest COVID-19 victim in 2021. She was quoted by Guardian as saying last year that he “didn’t realize I had it”.
For the past 12 years, Sister André has lived in a nursing home in Toulon and spent the height of last year’s outbreak in a room.
The record for oldest person was once also held by a French woman named Jeanne Louise Calment who was 122 years and 164 days old. He also used to take an occasional glass of wine and had a special fondness for chocolate.
André’s sister now wants to break that record. He thought to himself that Calment’s record “is within reach, if he stays on Earth, he will probably succeed,” David Tavella, the nun’s confidant, told AFP news agency.
He received letters from Pope Francis, as well as from the newly re -elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron. Toulon Mayor Hubert Falco told Sister André that she was “an object of pride and an example to the whole world”.