Bot at the age of 114
|Birth:||14 January 1905|
Mont-Louis, Occitanie, France
|Age:||116 years, 13 days|
Jeanne Bot (born 14 January 1905) is a French supercentenarian who is the second-oldest known living person in both France and Europe, behind fellow Frenchwoman Lucile Randon. She is also the fourth-oldest living person in the world whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), after Kane Tanaka, Randon, and Francisca Celsa dos Santos.
Bot is the last known surviving person in Europe born in 1905.
Jeanne Bot was born on 14 January 1905 in the military barracks in Mont-Louis, Occitanie region, France, where her father was a soldier. She spent 50 years working as a bookkeeper in a car garage in Perpignan, Pyrenees-Orientales, France. She never married and had no children.
Bot currently lives in her own apartment in Perpignan, Occitanie, France. Her hearing is poor but she is still able to watch television. She receives care from her nephew, a nurse, and a physiotherapist. At the time of her 112th birthday in 2017, Bot reportedly had no major health problems, and was able to move with her walker between her bedroom and her living room. However, by her 114th birthday in 2019, her health had reportedly deteriorated.
Bot has been the last surviving French person born in 1905 since the death of Mathilde Lartigue on 24 March 2018. She later became the last surviving person in the whole of Europe born in that year following the death of Geertje Kuijntjes on 24 December 2019.
Bot has been the second-oldest living person in France since the death of Gabrielle des Robert on 3 December 2018, behind only Lucile Randon. She subsequently became second-oldest validated living person in the whole of Europe following the death of Maria Giuseppa Robucci on 18 June 2019.
Following the death of Shin Matsushita on 27 August 2019, Bot was originally believed to have become the world's third-oldest validated living person. However, the subsequent validation of Brazil’s Francisca Celsa dos Santos on 9 July 2020 means that Bot is now currently the fourth-oldest in the world.
On 14 January 2020, Bot became the fourth French person on record to reach the age of 115. Since surpassing Marie Bremont's final age of 115 years, 42 days on 26 February 2020, she has been the third-oldest French person ever, after Jeanne Calment and Lucile Randon. As of October 2020, Bot is the seventh-oldest European person of all-time whose age is validated by the GRG.
- Jeanne Bot a fêté ses 112 ans à Perpignan France Bleu, 18 January 2017
- Perpignan : à 114 ans, Jeanne Bot est un an plus jeune que la doyenne des Français L’Indépendant, 4 February 2019