‘What keeps me going? My patients,’ says France’s oldest doctor at 98


After 70 years, Dr Christian Chenay still wants to help people in the ‘forgotten’ suburbs of Paris

On a quiet street in a low-income Paris suburb, the doctor’s waiting room was so full that patients spilled out on to the pavement. Some from distant housing estates had travelled here as early as 4am to be sure of a place in line.

“This doctor is really loved because he takes time to listen to you, he calms you down,” said Yamina Derni, 63, who had been treated for benign tumours. “You don’t even notice his age.”

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