A study has found that the number of people living alone in France has more than doubled over 45 years.

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Twice as many people living alone

A study has found that the number of people living alone in France has more than doubled over 45 years.

Twice as many people living alone
Ed Yourdon

The report, published on Thursday by the national population institute INED,  found that while 6.1 percent of people were living alone in 1962, the number had risen to 14.2 percent, or one in seven people, by 2007. 

That equates to around nine million people living on their own.

Women are more likely than men to be living solo, explained in part by the fact that longer life expectancy means that women tend to outlive men.

By age 80, the proportion of women living on their own has reached 55 percent.

Women also tend to leave home earlier than men with slightly more living alone at age 20.

Divorce figures also tell part of the story, with around 128,000 in 2009 compared to just 30,000 in 1960.

The authors of the study, Sophie Pennec and Laurent Toulemon, also found that people tended to settle down later.

“Between 1982 and 2007, the delay in starting life together as a couple has led to a doubling of the proportion of young people who live alone.”

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France still not ready for gay marriage

A vote in the National Assembly rejected a proposal for same-sex marriage by 293 votes to 222.

France still not ready for gay marriage

The decision did not come as a surprise in France where opposition to full marriage rights for same sex couples remains high.

 

The proposal was put forward by the Socialist Party but strongly opposed by the governing UMP party. 

 

Michel Diefenbacher, an MP with the UMP, claimed that those voting against “did not want to blow with the wind or give in to fashion. We are against homophobia but we are not in favour of changing our understanding of the function of marriage.”

 

Others went further in their attacks. The leader of the right-wing Front National, Marine Le Pen, asked in an interview with France Inter “why not legalise polygamy?” Christian Vanneste from the UMP declared that same sex marriage is an “anthropological aberration”. 

 

Nine UMP MPs voted for the proposal, including former minister and possible Presidential contender Jean-Louis Borloo. Speaking to Europe 1, he said he was “in favour of equality for everyone.”

 

France created an equivalent of a civil union for same sex couples in November 1999. The PACS (pacte civil de solidarité), which is open to heterosexual and gay couples, offers legal recognition of a partnership but stops short of giving the same rights as marriage.

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