Pro-natalist Policies in France By:Max Green •Total area: 547030sq km •Population: 1992: 56876000 2010(projected): 58766000 2025(projected): 58613000 •Population growth rate: 0.41% •Birth rate: 13.4 births per 1000 persons •Fertility rate: 1.8 children born per woman •Infant mortality rate:7.3 deaths per1000 births The war has left a deficit in the 45 to 55 year old bracket. These are currently of working age and struggling to pay for the dependant population. When the baby boom generation (after WW2) reach pensionable age they will be a huge drain on government funds. General De Gaulle said that the only way to maintain their status as a major power was with a high birth rate. ` Payment of up to 10 000f to couples having a 3rd child Generous maternity grant for women expecting a child Guaranteed minimum family income for child-bearing couples of about 4500f a month Other families allowances to increase the purchasing power of three-child families Increase in maternity leave from 4 to 6 months 30% fare reduction on all public transport for parents with three children Pension schemes for housewives or mothers 3 2.5 2 No. of children per 1.5 woman 1 European average France 0.5 0 1965 1975 1985 1988 1990 1992 Year Predicted population for 2010 was 58,766,000 (1992) Predicted population for 2025 was 58,613.000 (1992) Est. population=59,000,000 Policy has worked population has continued to increase.