Fifty percent of weddings end in divorce, a rate French authorities want to bring down. What’s more, civil weddings are becoming less popular, reports French daily Liberation.
In 2010, 250,000 couples chose to tie the knot in their town hall. In 2011, that figure had dropped to 241,000 couples.
Instead, more and more couples are choosing the no-frills French civil union called the PACS.
To restore the image of wedding ceremonies, the Junior Minister for Family Issues, Claude Greff, annouced the government is preparing wedding kits for town councils. The kits include booklets for couples which detail the rights and duties of spouses.
The kits will also include textbooks for town council officials to help them improve the quality of wedding ceremonies.
The government hopes to reduce the divorce rate in France, which is an extra cost for the community. Greff says single mothers often need help from the state to bring up their children.
However Greff denied she was trying to stop divorces, only to encourage aspiring spouses to think through their decision to get married.