Average age at first wedding in France from 2004-2018, by gender

Since the mid-2000s the average age at first wedding in France increased gradually, for both men and women. It seems to be a common opinion that the first marriage is celebrated later and later in Western countries. For example, the median age at first marriage in the United States went from 26.8 years old for males and 25 years old for females in 1997, up to 29.9 years old for males and 27.9 for females in 2017. Same thing occurred in Europe where Sweden was the country where the median age at first wedding was the oldest in 2014.

French people wait longer to marry

According to the source, in 2004, the average age at first wedding for French men was 30.8 compared to 28.8 for women. If men still tend to be older than women at first marriage, the average age at marriage for both males and females increased from 2004 to 2018. In 2018, men were aged on average 38.4 at their first wedding, compared to 35.9 for women. Most marriages in France happened between men and women despite the implementation of same-sex marriage in 2013. Mean age at gay marriages appear to be even older than in different-sex wedding.

Marriage and divorce in France

Thus, the percentage of married persons in France decreased since 2006, while the share of single and divorced people rose. However, in 2016, France was the second European country with the highest number of marriages behind Germany. On the other hand, like most other Western nations, France also has an important divorce rate. In 2016, the number of French divorces was of 55 per 100 marriages.

Average age at first wedding in France from 2004 to 2018, by gender

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2004 to 2018

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Heterosexual marriages

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