Carmelle Monge has just celebrated her 106th birthday at the Saint-Maur à la Rose nursing home (13th). Born February 10, 1915 in Gonfaron (Var) in the house of her grandmother who partly raised her. Because his father had left to fight in 14-18 and his mother was working. Carmelle Monge has happy memories of her childhood, where she went to collect olives and do laundry in the river, even in winter because “the water of the Moors is never cold“, she recalls.
No brother or sister but cousins with whom she had a great bond. From 13 to 17 years old, she went to a religious boarding house in Toulon, school was not a place where she flourished. Carmelle thirsted for freedom, professional dynamism and wanted to work in commerce. For nine years, she worked in a luxury store, at “Brocard”, in Toulon and know the bombings of the Second World War.
His studio is destroyed, all means of communication are cut off for several days. She takes refuge with her cousin in Marseille with whom she will run a hotel, Place de Rome, for four years. Carmelle then opened a newsstand on Boulevard de la Liberation (4th arrondissement), where she worked for 25 years. At 106, she continues to say that her freedom is the most important thing in the world, which is why she never married: “Nobody ever ordered me and never will order me“, she insists.
At the age of 60, she stopped working and left to benefit from her campaign in Gonfaron. Carmelle took advantage of her retirement to travel with her friends and has lived in Saint-Maur for 16 years. “Respect, education, sharing, independence and freedom“remain his watchwords.