France: total number of births 2004-2018

In 2017, there were exactly 730,242 births in France. That same year, France was the European country with the second highest number of live births behind Germany. Thus, France had a birth rate of 11.7 births per 1,000 population in 2016, which was one of the highest birth rate in Europe.

The recent decrease of births in France

Despite having the highest fertility rate in Europe, France, like other Western countries, appears to be experiencing a decrease in its number of births in recent years. According to the source the number of births keeps decreasing since 2011, after a period of gradual increase. The country has reached its highest number of births in 2010. That year 802,000 babies were born in France. Since then, the number of births is declining.

To be born in France

In 2017, male babies represented most births in France. That same year, life expectancy at birth for French males was of 79.4 years, whereas it amounted to 85.3 years for females. Thus, France was one of the countries worldwide with the lowest infant mortality rate.

Total number of births in France from 2004 to 2018

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2004 to 2018

Special properties

metropolitan France

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