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Baby boom pushes population to 65 million

Matthew Warren · 2 Jan 2012, 08:25

Published: 02 Jan 2012 08:25 GMT+01:00

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The highest birth rate in Europe has helped increase the French population to more than 65 million people, according to official statistics expected this month.

Business daily Les Echos published an official estimate from national statistics agency Insee that there were 64,304,500 in France in January 2009. 

The figures showed an increase of 342,641 people in one year.

Based on the same increase in population, the number of inhabitants in France should have easily passed the 65 million mark by January 1st 2012.

One of the major reasons for the increase is the high level of births. With a birth rate of two children per woman, France has the highest rate in Europe.

Other factors include the rise in life expectancy and increased immigration.

French media was celebrating the good news on Monday. 

"Demographically speaking, France is going great, thank you," said daily newspaper Metro.

"In contrast to the economy, demography is very dynamic in France," said Les Echos.

There are now 4 million more inhabitants in the country than in January 1999.

Every region of France saw an increase in population, except Champagne-Ardenne in the north east. 

The most populated region in France was the Ile-de-France, counting 11.7 million inhabitants.



Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2012-01-07 21:20:56 by MOI
6? you mean 11, Madame Rachida Dati is from a family of 11 kids!
2012-01-05 05:35:20 by nathan45
I bet muslims made more than their fair share in 25 years there wonte be very many Europeans in Europe once the baby boomers have all died and immigrants will have made like 6 children a family.
2012-01-03 07:12:28 by volvoman9
OK you French Wallas Knock it off. I'm gettin jealous about all the coochie you're gettin.
2012-01-02 15:19:22 by merlu free
Are you sure that the baby above is really representative of the actual baby boom ?
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