France honors 107-year-old vet

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At age 107, Rene Riffaud has only hazy memories of his part in the “war to end all wars,” but he’s quite clear about why France has only now inducted him into the small and shrinking band of hallowed World War I survivors. Simply put, Riffaud figured those who died were the ones who deserved the recognition: “I was more worried with living than looking back to the past,” he told The Associated Press. France, belatedly, disagrees. This week, the veterans minister approved a request from Riffaud’s granddaughter that he be given an official veteran’s card – nearly 88 years after the war ended. That decision, and the rediscovery of another veteran thought to have died, has bumped France’s tally of World War I survivors up to seven – a remarkable development raising the possibility that there may be others. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurantlast_img read more