Life expectancy in France 1765-2020

Life expectancy in France was below thirty in the late 1700s, but over the course of the next two and a half centuries it is expected to reach 82.5 by the year 2020. Although life expectancy has generally increased throughout France's history, there were several times where the rate deviated from its previous trajectory. The most noticeable changes were because of smallpox and influenza epidemics in the 1700s, medical advancements (such as vaccination and pasteurization) saw life expectancy increase in the 1800s, and then both World Wars and the epidemics that followed caused brief drops in the first half of the twentieth century.

Life expectancy (from birth) in France from 1765 to 2020*

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

*All data given is an average of the preceding five year period.
Data for the second source can be found here.

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