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16/05/2016 12:05 EDT

La nouvelle personne vivante la plus vieille du monde est une Italienne du Piémont

La semaine dernière, le monde a perdu sa doyenne, la New-Yorkaise Susannah Mushatt Jones, qui a péri à l'âge de 116 ans. Il s'agissait de la dernière Américaine née au XIXe siècle.

Le Livre Guinness des records a dévoilé lundi matin l'identité de la nouvelle personne vivante la plus vieille sur Terre : il s'agit de Mme Emma Martina Luigia Morano, qui a elle aussi vu le jour en 1899.

L'Italienne est née à Vercelli, une petite ville du Piémont, entre Milan et Turin. Depuis son mariage en 1926, elle habite le même appartement de Verbania, sur le bord du lac Maggiore, près de la frontière suisse, selon un communiqué de presse envoyée par l'organisation qui se spécialise dans les marques et records de tout genre.

La longévité d'Emma tient peut-être de son équilibre de vie : en plus de vivre dans le même lieu depuis neuf décennies, elle suit chaque jour la même diète : deux œufs crus, un œuf cuit, des pâtes fraîches et un repas de viande crue.

En date de lundi, l'Italienne était âgée de 116 ans et 169 jours, c'est-à-dire presque six ans de moins que la personne la plus vieille de l'histoire, Jeanne Calment, une Française qui a perdu la vie en 1997 à l'âge plus qu'honorable de 122 ans.

Le record a été vérifié par le Gerontology Research Group, selon le Livre Guinness des records.

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