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Old Posted Feb 1, 2009, 7:11 PM
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France's population hits 65 million / Record number of births in 2008

Figures released by the French statistical office INSEE show that France has broken through the 65 million barrier for the first time. On January 1, 2009, there were exactly 65,073,482 inhabitants in the French Republic. 62,448,997 of these lived in Metropolitan France (the European part of France), and the rest in Overseas France.

INSEE also indicated that there were 834,000 births in France in 2008 (801,000 of these in Metropolitan France), the highest number of births since 1981, surpassing even the record number of 2006.

Last but not least, the French fertility rate broke though the symbolic 2.0 barrier for the first time since 1974 (which was the last year of the post-war baby-boom in France). In 2008 the French fertility rate was 2.02 (in Metropolitan France proper it was 2.00).

In 2005, INSEE made some projections for the French population. In their central scenario, they predicted 69.96 million inhabitants in Metropolitan France in 2050, but this central scenario is already lagging behind reality (it predicted 61,996,275 inhabitants in Metropolitan France on January 1, 2009, which is 452,702 short of reality). With the figures released yesterday, we're more in a scenario that would see Metropolitan France reach 80 million inhabitants in 2050 (taking into account the propable decline of births and increase of deaths to come), and the entire French Republic reach 84 million.
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