Share of elderly people living in France 1970-2018

Population ageing is a phenomenon observed in developed countries. France is no exception to the rule and has seen its population age more and more since 1970.
While in 1970 the over-65s represented about 13 percent of the population, the share increased to reach its peak in 2018 with almost 20 percent.
Ageing has accelerated since the early 2000s with the arrival of baby boomers in this age group.
Although the ageing of its population is inevitable, France should experience it less than other European countries. It has the highest fertility rate in Europe, with an average of around two children per woman.

Share of the French population aged 65 years old and older between 1970 and 2018

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Survey time period

1970 to 2018

Age group

65 years and older

Supplementary notes

Elderly people are 65 years old and older.

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