2 June 1898Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France


8 June 2012Pontchâteau, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France



Marie-Thérèse Bardet

Marie-Thérèse Louise Bardet (née Jégat) was a French supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in France and Europe in 2012. She was the last surviving French person born in the 1800s. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO), and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Bardet was born as Marie-Thérèse Louise Jégat in Lorient, Brittany, France on 2 June 1898 to housemaid and single mother Marie-Louise Jégat. Her mother sent her to state care at a young age. She survived typhoid fever aged 15, and worked on a farm during World War I.

Bardet married her husband, Léon, a shipyard worker, and had two children, Léon Jr. and Jeanne, in 1922 and 1924. She was widowed in 1953, and lived with her son until 1982, when she moved into a retirement home in Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire. In 1990, she relocated to another Pays de la Loire retirement home in the commune of Pontchâteau, where she lived for the rest of her life.

By the age of 112, it was reported that Bardet’s speech and hearing had deteriorated, but was still mentally sharp, enjoying seeing pictures of her newborn great-great-grandchildren.

On her 114th birthday, Bardet had seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She died on 8 June 2012, six days after turning 114, as the seventh-oldest person in the world.

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Bardet’s age was verified by Luc Le Lay and Christine Perrier (GRG) as well as Cyril Depoudent and Les Grands Centenaires Français (ESO). Her age was validated by the GRG on 26 March 2009, and later by the ESO on 21 July 2022.

Bardet became France’s and Europe’s oldest resident upon the death of 113-year-old Marcelle Narbonne on 1 January 2012. Following her own death, the titles passed to Paule Bronzini, then 111, and Italy’s Maria Redaelli respectively.

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