Paulette Olivier and Simone Thiot don’t have any children and have both lost their husbands – but they still have each other
Twins given a small chance of survival at birth are now 104-years-old and believed to be the world’s oldest twins.
Duo Paulette Olivier and Simone Thiot were born on January 30, 1912, the same year the Titanic sank.
But they say their mum Marie Lamolie and husband Joseph weren’t given much hope for the girls’ future.
“We were premature,” Simone said. “We were due in March but we were born in January. They gave us a very small chance of surviving. I didn’t even weigh a kilo.”
Paulette weighed just 3lbs, and the babies had to be “wrapped up for four months” she adds to AFP .
But while parents Marie, a dressmaker, and Joseph, a carpenter, weren’t given much hope, their twin girls have lived to a ripe age .
All smiles: Although the pair were born two months early, they have survived until 104
“We are still alive because we have always stayed close,” says one of the identical sisters from the retirement home in Onzain, central France.
Paulette, a hairdresser for 15 years in Algeria and then Paris, was widowed at just 36.
Simone, who followed her mother into dressmaking, lost her husband at 64.
Past times: The sisters have been each other’s sole family since 1976
Neither of the ladies have children, but they do have each other and that, they say, has made all the difference.
“We keep our independence – each of us has her own room – but we only need to cross the corridor to see and talk to each other,” she said.
“We pity old people who are alone with no one to visit them.”
Long life: As well as being sporty in their younger days, the duo say they eschewed alcohol
Birth partners: Paulette and Simone are still sprightly, with Simone using a Zimmer frame to remain mobile
They also say that they’ve lived moderate lives with no booze and a lot of activity, for those who are taking notes.
The UK’s oldest twins, Glenys Thomas and Florence Davies , died last May at the age of 103.
The pair lived side-by-side through 19 British Prime Ministers in houses next door to each other near Caerphilly, South Wales.