René Riffaud

René Félix Louis Joseph Riffaud (December 19, 1898 – January 16, 2007) was one of the last four 'official' French veterans of the First World War when he died at age 108 in Tosny, France.

Born in Jendouba, Tunisia, Riffaud was conscripted into the Army of Africa in April 1917 as a 2nd class soldier (Soldat de deuxième classe) and served in various regiments. He was discharged in 1919 after a bout of tuberculosis, but rejoined later that year, and served until 1924.

His wife, Lucie, whom he married in 1930, died in 1979. Their only son also pre-deceased him.


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  • "René Riffaud: French colonial veteran of the First World War". The Times. 22 January 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  • "Riffaud René (19-12-1898 / 15-01-2007, 108 ans)". Ders des Ders: Les derniers vétérans de 14-18 (in French). 17 January 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2018.