Okay, here’s a macabre idea. I read this story a few years ago:
**World’s oldest woman outsmarts lawyer **
PARIS- A lawyer who gambled in a 1965 property deal that an elderly woman would soon die, only to see her live to become the world’s oldest person, has himself died at age 77.
André-François Raffray was buried Wednesday in the southern French city of Arles after dying on Christmas day, a secretary in his law firm said. The woman, Jeanne Calment, celebrated Christmas with a meal at an Arles hotel, looking forward to her 121st birthday, Feb. 21.
When Calment was 90, Raffray, then 47, agreed to pay her a rent of $500 a month until she died, on condition he would inherit her house in Arles. Over the next 30 years, Raffray paid Calment more than $180,000, three times the value of the house.
“We all make bad deals in life,” Calment joked to Raffray on her 120th birthday.
*-Reuters, San Francisco Examiner, 1/1/96 *
Now I read in the news that over 11,000 people in France died as either a direct or indirect result of the heat wave, most of them elderly.
So… is now a good time to by French real estate?