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The Influence of Family Policies on Fertility in France

Policy Briefs - United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Policy Responses to Low Fertility, No. 7

Publisher: New York: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division; Honolulu: East-West Center
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
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France stands out from many European countries because of its relatively high and stable fertility. Can this be attributed to French family policies?

French family policies have evolved over the decades. Today, fertility decisions appear increasingly determined by a family's ability to combine care and support for children with the workforce participation of both parents. Thus, the policy priority has gradually shifted towards a variety of mechanisms designed to help parents balance work and family obligations.