Sexuality in France

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Statista Dossier on sexuality in France

This dossier provides information about sexuality in France. It presents data on sexual identity and sexual practices. It also allows to discover chapters dedicated to the arising sexual activites on Internet platforms in France and to a question that is becoming more and more important in our modern society: female and male sexual pleasure. The last part concerns the most common contraceptive methods and their effectiveness according to the sexually active French population.

Table of contents

  • 1. Sexual identity
    • Distribution of the population in France 2019, by sexual orientation

    • Political orientation of lesbian women in France 2019

    • Political orientation of gay men in France 2019

    • Share of French women who had a homosexual sexual intercourse in their life 1970-2019

    • French young people's experience with homosexuality January 2019

    • Share of men who stating being a top or a bottom in same-sex activity France 2018

    • Perception of homosexuality in France 1975-2019

  • 2. Sexual practices
    • Number of sexual partners of young people in the past year in France 2019

    • France: masturbation among young people by gender January 2019

    • Share of French people who ever had difficulty reaching orgasm 2019, by gender

    • Share of French people who have ever faked orgasm 2019, by gender

    • Share of French people who have already fantasized about a co-worker 2018, by gender

    • Share of French people who ever had sex at work with a co-worker 2018

    • Share of people who flirted with a co-worker met at the workplace in France 2018

    • Share of French people who already had sex with a co-worker 2018, by gender

  • 3. Sexual practices on the Internet
    • Type of relationship sought on dating sites among French women 2019

    • Men who had an affective or sexual relation with someone met online in France 2018

    • Women who had a romantic or sexual relation with someone met online in France 2018

    • Share of French people having had virutal sex 2020, by gender

    • Share of French people receiving sexual photos/videos or live content 2020, by gender

    • Share of French people sending sexual photos/videos or live content 2020, by gender

    • Online sexual relations before and after the Covid-19 lockdown in France 2020

    • French people meeting Internet acquintances for sex, during the lockdown France 2020

  • 4. Female sexuality
    • Share of women with a sexual partner who cares about their pleasure in France 2019

    • Share of French women who have ever lied about reaching orgasm 2019, by age

    • Degree of importance given to foreplay by French women in 2019

    • Share of women who have ever masturbated in France 2019

    • Proportion of French women knowing their erogenous zones in 2019

    • Percentage of French women who do not know their erogenous zones by age 2019

    • Share of French women having already masturbated in their lifetime 1970-2019

    • Proportion of French women who have already masturbated in their life by age 2019

    • Share of French women having already masturbated 2019, by socio-professional category

    • Share of French women having already practiced oral sex in their lifetime 1970-2019

    • Women regularly practicing oral sex in France 2019, by number of sexual partners

    • Women regularly practicing oral sex in France 2019, by relationship length

    • Women regularly practicing oral sex in France 2019, by socio-professional category

    • Share of French women who have already used a sex toy 1992-2019

    • Share of French women who have already used a sextoy in their life by age 2019

    • Share of French women who have already used a sextoy in France in 2019, by CSP

    • Share of French women who have already practiced anal sex in their lifetime 1970-2019

    • Share of women who stated regularly practicing anal sex in France 2019, by age

    • Women regularly practicing anal sex in France 2019, by socio-professional category

  • 5. Male sexuality
    • Share of men with a sexual partner who cares about their pleasure in France 2019

    • Share of men who have already faked orgasm in France 2019

    • French men thinking penetration is really important during sex 2019, by age

    • Share of French men having already masturbated in their lifetime 1970-2017

    • Share of French men who have already used a sex toy 1992-2017

    • Length of sex desired by men in France 2019

    • French men managing to refrain from ejaculating to prolong sex 2019

    • Proportion of men who have already ejaculated too quickly according to frequency in France 2019

    • Preferred contacts for men suffering from premature ejaculation in France 2019

    • Types of insecurities French men have about their penis 2019

    • Types of erectile dysfunctions French men have already suffered from 2019

  • 6. Contraception methods
    • Reasons for systematically not using a condom among young people in France 2019

    • Reasons for forgetting to use a condom among young people in France 2019

    • Awareness of contraceptive methods among women in France 2019

    • French women who think no contraceptive method is a 100% effective 2019, by age

    • French women who think the contraceptive pill causes weight gain 2019, by age

    • Share of French women who use a contraceptive method 2019

    • Share of French women who use a contraceptive method 2019, by age

    • Share of French women who use a contraceptive method 2019, by relationship status

    • Ranking of the reasons for not using contraception among French women 2019

    • Reasons for choosing the current contraception according to French women 2019

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