France's oldest WWI veteran dies in France at 111

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November 10, 2006 17:50

 
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France's oldest living World War I veteran, who survived two serious wartime injuries and lived until age 111, died Friday, an association of veterans said. With Maurice Floquet's death, only four French veterans of the Great War are still alive. Floquet died early Friday at his home in Montauroux, southern France, said Daniel Venget, who runs an association of veterans in the region. Born Dec. 25, 1894, Floquet fought in battles in France and Belgium and was seriously wounded twice. The first time, he was wounded during hand-to-hand fighting and nearly suffocated on a clot of blood lodged in his throat, according to France's Defense Ministry. The second time, he was wounded in the head by a grenade, losing the use of one ear, and also suffered bullet wounds in his left arm. After the war, he married and worked as a repairman of cars, tractors and other agricultural machinery. He retired in 1952 and has been a widower since 1990. In 2005, he was honored with a Legion of Honor medal.

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