Wirth took over the establishment when her father died in 1954. AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
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Marie-Louise Wirth wouldn't dream of giving up her bar in northern France, even if many of the 100-year-old's regulars have passed away.The tiny bar – only around 20 square meters – has no name.Never married and childless, Wirth took over the establishment when her father died in 1954 and she was 37 .Wirth recalls when Isbergues, which now has a population of around 10,000, was home to a steelworks with 6,000 workers.Wirth opens the bar at 8:15 every morning, sipping a glass of cherry brandy with her first customer.Wirth takes risks that may seem ill-advised for a person of such an advanced age.
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