Why do The french have so many children?

It’s the new French paradox: we, the French, complain a great deal, don’t have much faith in the future or in institutions and yet, with an average of two children per woman, France, along with Ireland, is Europe’s champion. And this isn’t all. When French women are interviewed, 32% of them dream of having three children… A great many experts correlate the birthrate with the rate of growth and the record French fertility rate is certainly enviable …

bimToday, countries are trying to halt the drop in the fertility rate to limit the aging of the population, inevitably leading to an explosion in health and retirement costs. This is why the birthrate in France is arousing the curiosity of our neighbors. They are constantly coming to question us in order to understand the underlying reasons…

Economic benefits?
In France, our family policy is old and is already part of our heritage. The state devotes 4% of its GDP to the family: family allowances as of the second child, whatever the income, and tax reductions. However, these benefits don’t seem to be the determining factor in the decision to have a child.

More childcare than the others?
Even though there is a shortage of childcare and inequalities are found from one region to the next, it seems that the situation in France is better than that of our neighbors. 43% of our children under the    age of 3 years attend daycare, a nursery school or childcare. In fact, our youngsters begin school at the age of 3 years whereas in a great many countries, the age is set at 6! For this reason, in France, 69.5% of women with two children are employed.

A question of culture and tradition?
Obviously this also plays a role since, as of the 18th century, French society was never critical of the fact that a women could leave her child in the hands of a stranger, whether a nanny or daycare. This greatly facilitates combining work and children.
I have three children under the age of ten and my dream is to have a fourth child, just like many of my girlfriends and my siblings! We’re really a country of large families!

A bientot, Chantal

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Chantal - Children

Bonjour, my name is Chantal. I’m often told that I’m “so French”. This is, in part, due to my traditional upbringing in Versailles, one of the most conservative cities in France, famous for its chateau, good schools and large families. I have three daughters. They’re model children, cheerful, nice and really fashionable. I’m in Paris almost every afternoon for my charity work and I still work part-time as a dance teacher. When the occasion presents itself, I teach etiquette to children at school. I’ll try and explain why my children get so many compliments.    

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