A slowly increasing death rate
From 2014 to 2019, death rate in France generally remained stable oscillating mostly between 8.4 and nine deaths per 1,000 population. Its highest death rate was reached in 2020 with almost ten death per 1,000 population. Death rate, also known as mortality rate, is the ratio between the annual number of deaths and the average total population over a given time period and on a specific territory. In 2022, the population in France reached 65.45 million people, while the total number of deaths in France was of 644,201. Mortality rate in France increased slowly in recent years. In 2007, death rate amounted to 8.3 per thousand population, compared to 9.1 deaths ten years later.
Causes of death
In 2013, the leading cause of death among French citizens was cancer. That year, 163,602 people died of tumor, while diseases of the circulatory system were the second most common cause of death in the country. Mortality rate because of cancer was particularly high among French males, whereas females appear to be more affected by cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that cancer was not only the leading cause of death in France, but also in Europe. More broadly health and diseases were among the major causes of death in European countries, even if traffic accidents killed more than 3,244 individuals in France in 2019.