Last but not least, it’s also worth noting that the gap between her and the next oldest person is disproportionately large. So large, in fact, scientists believe Jeanne will hold the record for several decades, despite advances in medical care.
Nevertheless, not everyone is convinced by these grand claims. Speaking to Le Parisien, Jean-Marie Robine, director of research at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, said: “This is completely wobbly and is not based on anything.”
“We have never done so much to prove the age of a person,” he added. “We never found anything that allowed us to give the slightest hint of her age. We had access to information that only she could know, such as the names of her teachers of mathematics… Either she did not remember, or she just answered. Her daughter could not have known that."