Demographics of France

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With a total fertility rate of 2.01 (in 2012),[1] France is the most fertile country in the European Union, on par with the Republic of Ireland.[2]
Population density in the French Republic at the 1999 census. All territories are shown at the same geographic scale.

The demography of France is monitored by the Institut national d'études démographiques (INED) and the Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE). On 1 January 2013, 66,394,000 people lived in the French Republic.[3] 63,702,000 of these lived in Metropolitan France,[4] whereas 2,692,000 lived in the French overseas departments and territories.

France was historically Europe's most populous nation. During the Middle Ages, more than one quarter of Europe's total population was French; by the 17th century, this had decreased slightly to one fifth. By the beginning of the 20th century, other European nations, such as Germany and Russia, had caught up with and overtaken it. However, the country's population sharply increased with the baby boom following World War II.

The national birth rate, after continuing to drop for a time, began to rebound in the 1990s and currently the country's fertility rate is close to the replacement level. According to an INSEE 2006 study, "The natural increase is close to 300,000 persons, a level that has not been reached in more than thirty years."[5]

Among the 802,000 newborns in metropolitan France in 2010, 80.1% had two French parents, 13.3% had one French parent, and 6.6% had two non French parents.[6][7] For the same year, 27.3% of newborn in metropolitan France had at least one foreign-born parent and 23.9% had at least one parent born outside of Europe (parents born in overseas territories are considered as born in France).[6][8] Between 2006 and 2008, about 40% of newborns in France had one foreign-born grandparent (11% born in another European country, 16% born in Maghreb and 12% born in another region of the world).[9]

Historical population of metropolitan France[edit]

Please note:

  • figures are for metropolitan France only, not including overseas departments and territories, as former French colonies and protectorates. Algeria and its départements, although they were an integral part of metropolitan France until 1962, are not included in the figures.
  • to make comparisons easier, figures provided below are for the territory of metropolitan France within the borders of 2004. This was the real territory of France from 1860 to 1871, and again since 1919. Figures before 1860 have been adjusted to include Savoie and Nice, which only became part of France in 1860. Figures between 1795 and 1815 do not include the French départements in modern day Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy, although they were an integral part of France during that period. Figures between 1871 and 1919 have been adjusted to include Alsace and part of Lorraine, which both were at the time part of the German Empire.
  • figures before 1801 are modern estimates; figures from 1801 (included) onwards are based on the official French censuses.
Year Population Year Population Year Population
50 BCE 2,500,000 1806 29,648,000 1896 40,158,000
1 5,500,000 1811 30,271,000 1901 40,681,000
120 7,200,000 1816 30,573,000 1906 41,067,000
400 5,500,000 1821 31,578,000 1911 41,415,000
850 7,000,000 1826 32,665,000 1921 39,108,000
1226 16,000,000 1831 33,595,000 1926 40,581,000
1345 20,200,000 1836 34,293,000 1931 41,524,000
1400 16,600,000 1841 34,912,000 1936 41,502,000
1457 19,700,000 1846 36,097,000 1946 40,506,639
1580 20,000,000 1851 36,472,000 1954 42,777,162
1594 18,500,000 1856 36,715,000 1962 46,519,997
1600 20,000,000 1861 37,386,000 1968 49,780,543
1670 18,000,000 1866 38,067,000 1975 52,655,864
1700 21,000,000 1872 37,653,000 1982 54,334,871
1715 19,200,000 1876 38,438,000 1990 56,615,155
1740 24,600,000 1881 39,239,000 1999 58,520,688
1792 28,000,000 1886 39,783,000 2006 61,399,733
1801 29,361,000 1891 39,946,000 2013 63,702,200 (*)[4]

(*) Note:

Projections[edit]

Source: [7] Figures are for metropolitan France only.

Year Population
2015 64,514,000
2020 65,962,000
2025 67,285,000
2030 68,532,000
2035 69,705,000
2040 70,734,000
2050 72,275,000
2060 73,557,000

Historical overview[edit]

1800 to 20th century[edit]

Two centuries of population growth

France was historically the largest nation of Europe. During the Middle Ages more than one quarter of Europe's population was French; during the 17th century it was still one fifth. Starting around 1800, the historical evolution of the population in France has been extremely atypical in the Western World. Unlike the rest of Europe, there was no strong population growth in France in the 19th century and first half of the 20th century. The birth rate in France diminished much earlier than in the rest of Europe. Thus population growth was quite slow in the 19th century, and the nadir was reached in the first half of the 20th century when France, surrounded by the rapidly growing populations of Germany and the United Kingdom, had virtually zero growth. The slow growth of France's population in the 19th century was reflected in the country's very low emigration rate. While millions of people from all other parts of Europe migrated to the Americas, few French did so. Most people of French extraction in the United States are descended from immigrants from French Canada, whose population was rapidly growing at this time.

The French population only grew by 8.6% between 1871 and 1911, while Germany's grew by 60% and Britain's by 54%.[10] Ferdinand Foch joked that the only way for France to permanently improve its relationship with Germany was to castrate 20 million Germans.[11] If the population of France had grown between 1815 and 2000 at the same rate as that of Germany during the same time period, France's population would be 110 million today despite the very substantial emigration from Germany to the Americas, and Germany's larger military and civilian losses during the World Wars than France. If France's population had grown at the same rate as that of England and Wales (which was also siphoned off by emigration to the Americas, Australia and New Zealand), France's population could be anywhere up to 150 million today. And if one starts the comparison at the time of King Louis XIV (the Sun King), then France would now have the same population as the United States. While France had been very powerful in Europe at the time of Louis XIV or Napoleon, the country lost this advantage due to its relative demographic decline after 1800.

French concerns about the country's slow population growth began after its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. For four years in the 1890s, the number of deaths exceeded the number of births. The National Alliance for the Growth of the French Population (ANAPF) was formed in 1896, and the Cognacq-Jay and other prizes were created for the parents of large families. Émile Zola's 1899 novel Fécondité is representative of contemporary concerns about the birthrate. The 1.3 million French deaths in World War I, along with even more births forgone by potential fathers being off at war, caused a drop of 3 million in the French population, and helped make Dénatalité a national obsession; by 1920 ANAPF had 40,000 members. The society proposed that parents of large families receive extra votes, and the belief that women's suffrage in other countries caused birth rates to decline helped defeat proposals before World War II to permit women to vote. Concern further increased during the "hollow years" of the 1930s, when the number of new conscripts declined because of the lack of births during World War I. Even the French Communist Party ended its opposition to anti-birth control and anti-abortion laws in 1936, and its leader Maurice Thorez advocated for the "protection of family and childhood". Already existing financial incentives for large families increased in 1939, enough double the income of a family with six children.[10]

After World War II[edit]

After 1945, France suddenly underwent a demographic recovery. In the 1930s the French government, alarmed by the decline of France's population, had passed laws to boost the birth rate, giving state benefits to families with children. Nonetheless, nobody can explain this sudden recovery, which was often portrayed inside France as a "miracle". It was also atypical of the Western world: although there was a baby boom in other Western countries after the war, the baby boom in France was much stronger, and lasted longer than in most other Western countries (the United States was one of the few exceptions). In the 1950s and 1960s France's population grew at 1% per year: the highest growth in the history of France, higher even than the best periods of the 18th or 19th centuries.

Since 1975, France's population growth rate has significantly diminished, but it still remains slightly faster than that of the rest of Europe, and much faster than at the end of the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century. In the first decade of the third millennium, population growth in France is the fastest of Europe, matched only by Ireland, which has also historically undergone stagnant growth and even decline relative to the rest of Europe until recently. However, it is slower than in the United States, largely because of the higher net migration rate to the USA.

Historical summary[edit]

The following list shows the past, present, and future weight of France's population in Europe and in the world (based on the 2011 borders):

  • until 1795 metropolitan France was the most populous country of Europe, above even Russia, and the third most populous country in the world, behind only China and India
  • between 1795 and 1866, metropolitan France was the second most populous country of Europe, behind Russia, and the fourth most populous country in the world, behind China, India, and Russia
  • between 1866 and 1909, metropolitan France was the third most populous country of Europe, behind Russia and Germany
  • between 1909 and 1933, metropolitan France was the fourth most populous country of Europe, behind Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom
  • between 1933 and 1991, metropolitan France was the fifth most populous country of Europe, behind Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy
  • between 1991 and 2000, metropolitan France recovered its rank as the fourth most populous country of Europe, behind Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom
  • since 2000, metropolitan France has recovered its rank as the third most populous country of Europe, behind Russia and Germany. Worldwide, France's ranking has fallen to twentieth most populous country.
  • In 2005 it was projected that if current demographic trends continued (i.e. declining population in Germany, and slightly rising population in France and the UK), around 2050 metropolitan France could again surpass the population of Germany, becoming the most populous state of the countries now in the European Union.[12] But more recent (2009) UN projections say that the stronger-growing United Kingdom could be more populous than metropolitan France in 2050, leaving metropolitan France third amongst European nations, behind Russia and the UK,[13]

In the above list, Turkey is a European country. Turkey was less populous than metropolitan France until 1992, and has been more populous since then.[14]

Vital statistics[15][edit]

Evolution of Marriage (blue) and Civil Union (red) in France (INSEE).
France population by age and sex (population pyramid) as of January 1, 2014
Average population (x 1000) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000) Total fertility rate Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births)
1901 40 710 917 075 825 315 91 760 22.5 20.3 2.3 2.9028
1902 40 810 904 434 801 379 103 055 22.2 19.6 2.5 2.8530
1903 40 910 884 498 794 566 89 932 21.6 19.4 2.2 2.7840
1904 41 000 877 091 802 536 74 555 21.4 19.6 1.8 2.7483
1905 41 050 865 604 812 338 53 266 21.1 19.8 1.3 2.7059
1906 41 100 864 745 820 051 44 694 21.0 20.0 1.1 2.7000
1907 41 100 829 632 830 871 -1 239 20.2 20.2 0.0 2.5755
1908 41 190 848 982 784 415 64 567 20.6 19.0 1.6 2.6363
1909 41 240 824 739 792 798 31 941 20.0 19.2 0.8 2.5573
1910 41 350 828 140 737 877 90 263 20.0 17.8 2.2 2.5705
1911 41 420 793 506 813 653 -20 147 19.2 19.6 -0.5 2.4620
1912 41 530 801 642 726 848 74 794 19.3 17.5 1.8 2.4853
1913 41 620 795 851 736 937 58 914 19.1 17.7 1.4 2.4680
1914 41 630 757 931 774 931 -17 000 18.2 18.6 -0.4 2.3354
1915 40 620 482 968 747 968 -265 000 11.9 18.4 -6.5 1.5194
1916 40 020 384 676 697 676 -313 000 9.6 17.4 -7.8 1.2304
1917 39 420 412 744 712 744 -300 000 10.5 18.1 -7.6 1.3419
1918 38 670 472 816 867 816 -395 000 12.2 22.4 -10.2 1.5593
1919 38 600 506 960 739 901 -232 941 13.1 19.2 -6.0 1.5907
1920 38 900 838 137 675 676 162 461 21.5 17.4 4.2 2.6946
1921 39 140 816 555 697 904 118 651 20.9 17.8 3.0 2.6014
1922 39 310 764 373 692 322 72 051 19.4 17.6 1.8 2.4230
1923 39 750 765 888 670 326 95 562 19.3 16.9 2.4 2.4067
1924 40 170 757 873 683 296 74 577 18.9 17.0 1.9 2.3561
1925 40 460 774 455 712 211 62 244 19.1 17.6 1.5 2.3884
1926 40 710 771 690 716 966 54 724 19.0 17.6 1.3 2.3680
1927 40 770 748 102 679 809 68 293 18.3 16.7 1.7 2.2895
1928 40 880 753 570 678 269 75 301 18.4 16.6 1.8 2.3052
1929 41 020 734 140 742 732 -8 592 17.9 18.1 -0.2 2.2412
1930 41 340 754 020 652 953 101 067 18.2 15.8 2.4 2.2953
1931 41 550 737 611 682 816 54 795 17.8 16.4 1.3 2.2470
1932 41 510 726 299 663 705 62 594 17.5 16.0 1.5 2.2258
1933 41 520 682 394 664 133 18 261 16.4 16.0 0.4 2.1110
1934 41 570 681 518 637 713 43 805 16.4 15.3 1.1 2.1406
1935 41 550 643 870 661 722 -17 852 15.5 15.9 -0.4 2.0696
1936 41 500 634 344 645 844 -11 500 15.3 15.6 -0.3 2.0919
1937 41 530 621 453 632 896 -11 443 15.0 15.2 -0.3 2.0989
1938 41 560 615 582 650 832 -35 250 14.8 15.7 -0.8 2.1276
1939 41 510 615 599 645 677 -30 078 14.8 15.6 -0.7 2.1662
1940 40 690 561 281 740 281 -179 000 13.8 18.2 -4.4 2.0025
1941 39 420 522 261 675 261 -153 000 13.2 17.1 -3.9 1.8535
1942 39 220 575 261 656 261 -81 000 14.7 16.7 -2.1 2.0425
1943 38 860 615 780 626 780 -11 000 15.8 16.1 -0.3 2.1864
1944 38 770 629 878 666 878 -37 000 16.2 17.2 -1.0 2.2494
1945 39 660 645 899 643 899 2 000 16.3 16.2 0.1 2.3102
1946 40 287 843 904 545 880 298 024 20.9 13.5 7.4 2.9979
1947 40 679 870 472 538 157 332 315 21.4 13.2 8.2 3.0366
1948 41 112 870 836 513 210 357 626 21.2 12.5 8.7 3.0195
1949 41 480 872 661 573 598 299 063 21.0 13.8 7.2 3.0044
1950 41 829 862 310 534 480 327 830 20.6 12.8 7.8 2.9466
1951 42 156 826 722 565 829 260 893 19.6 13.4 6.2 2.8056
1952 42 460 822 204 524 831 297 373 19.4 12.4 7.0 2.7772
1953 42 752 804 696 556 983 247 713 18.8 13.0 5.8 2.7038
1954 43 057 810 754 518 892 291 862 18.8 12.1 6.8 2.7142
1955 43 428 805 917 526 322 279 595 18.6 12.1 6.4 2.6835
1956 43 843 806 916 545 700 261 216 18.4 12.4 6.0 2.6735
1957 44 311 816 467 532 107 284 360 18.4 12.0 6.4 2.6947
1958 44 789 812 215 500 596 311 619 18.1 11.2 7.0 2.6835
1959 45 240 829 249 509 114 320 135 18.3 11.3 7.1 2.7521
1960 45 684 819 819 520 960 298 859 17.9 11.4 6.5 2.7396
1961 46 163 838 633 500 289 338 344 18.2 10.8 7.3 2.8242
1962 46 998 832 353 541 147 291 206 17.7 11.5 6.2 2.7957
1963 47 816 868 876 557 852 311 024 18.2 11.7 6.5 2.8962
1964 48 310 877 804 520 033 357 771 18.2 10.8 7.4 2.9149
1965 48 758 865 688 543 696 321 992 17.8 11.2 6.6 2.8492
1966 49 164 863 527 528 782 334 745 17.6 10.8 6.8 2.8008
1967 49 548 840 568 543 033 297 535 17.0 11.0 6.0 2.6711
1968 49 915 835 796 553 441 282 355 16.7 11.1 5.7 2.5880
1969 50 318 842 245 573 335 268 910 16.7 11.4 5.3 2.5343
1970 50 772 850 381 542 277 308 104 16.7 10.7 6.1 2.4803
1971 51 251 881 284 554 151 327 133 17.2 10.8 6.4 2.4972
1972 51 701 877 506 549 900 327 606 17.0 10.6 6.3 2.4187
1973 52 118 857 186 558 782 298 404 16.4 10.7 5.7 2.3086
1974 52 460 801 218 552 551 248 667 15.3 10.5 4.7 2.1123
1975 52 699 745 065 560 353 184 712 14.1 10.6 3.5 1.9272
1976 52 909 720 395 557 114 163 281 13.6 10.5 3.1 1.8290
1977 53 145 744 744 536 221 208 523 14.0 10.1 3.9 1.8619
1978 53 376 737 062 546 916 190 146 13.8 10.2 3.6 1.8215
1979 53 606 757 354 541 805 215 549 14.1 10.1 4.0 1.8553
1980 53 880 800 376 547 107 253 269 14.9 10.2 4.7 1.9450
1981 54 182 805 483 554 823 250 660 14.9 10.2 4.6 1.9455
1982 54 492 797 223 543 104 254 119 14.6 10.0 4.7 1.9123
1983 54 772 748 525 559 655 188 870 13.7 10.2 3.4 1.7844
1984 55 026 759 939 542 490 217 449 13.8 9.9 4.0 1.8016
1985 55 284 768 431 552 496 215 935 13.9 10.0 3.9 1.8144
1986 55 577 778 468 546 926 231 542 14.0 9.8 4.2 1.8312
1987 55 824 767 828 527 466 240 362 13.8 9.4 4.3 1.8013
1988 56 118 771 268 524 600 246 668 13.7 9.3 4.4 1.8050
1989 56 423 765 473 529 283 236 190 13.6 9.4 4.2 1.7876
1990 56 709 762 407 526 201 236 206 13.4 9.3 4.2 1.7784
1991 56 976 759 056 524 685 234 371 13.3 9.2 4.1 1.7699
1992 57 240 743 658 521 530 222 128 13.0 9.1 3.9 1.7334
1993 57 467 711 610 532 263 179 347 12.4 9.3 3.1 1.6604
1994 57 659 710 993 519 965 191 028 12.3 9.0 3.3 1.6630 6.0
1995 57 844 729 609 531 618 197 991 12.6 9.2 3.4 1.7130 5.0
1996 58 026 734 338 535 775 198 563 12.7 9.2 3.4 1.7334 4.9
1997 58 207 726 768 530 319 196 449 12.5 9.1 3.4 1.7258 4.9
1998 58 398 738 080 534 005 204 075 12.6 9.1 3.5 1.7636 4.8
1999 58 661 744 791 537 661 207 130 12.7 9.2 3.5 1.7913 4.4
2000 59 049 808 249 530 864 277 385 13.1 9.0 4.1 1.8743 4.5
2001 59 477 804 052 531 073 272 979 13.0 8.9 4.0 1.8766 4.6
2002 59 894 792 745 535 144 257 601 12.7 8.9 3.8 1.8641 4.2
2003 60 304 793 893 552 339 241 654 12.6 9.2 3.5 1.8736 4.2
2004 60 735 800 240 509 429 290 811 12.6 8.4 4.3 1.8984 4.0
2005 61 182 807 787 527 533 280 254 12.7 8.6 4.0 1.9197 3.8
2006 61 586 830 288 516 416 313 872 12.9 8.4 4.6 1.9802 3.8
2007 61 939 818 705 521 016 297 689 12.7 8.4 4.3 1.9591 3.8
2008 62 278 828 404 533 000 295 404 12.8 8.6 4.2 1.9903 3.8
2009 62 621 824 641 538 116 286 525 12.7 8.6 4.1 1.9887 3.9
2010 62 965 832 799 540 469 292 330 12.6 8.5 4.1 2.0162 3.6
2011 63 294 823 394 544 000 289 394 12.6 8.6 4.0 1.9970 3.5
2012 63 700 p 821 010 571 000 p 250 010 p 12.4 p 9.3 p 3.1 p 1.9951 p
2013 63 980 p 811 510 572 000 p 239 510 p 12.3 p 9.3 p 3.0 p 1.99

p=provisional

Fertility[edit]

France has a high fertility rate by European standards; this rate has increased after reaching a historic low in the early 1990s.


The table below gives the average number of children according to the place of birth of women. An immigrant woman is a woman who was born outside of France and who did not have French citizenship at birth.[18]

Average number of children in France
(1991–1998)
Average number of children in country of origin
(1990–1999)
All women living in metropolitan France 1.74
Women born in Metropolitan France 1.70
Immigrant women 2.16
Women born in overseas France 1.86
Immigrant women (country of birth)
Spain 1.52 1.23
Italy 1.60 1.24
Portugal 1.96 1.49
Other EU 1.66 1.44
Turkey 3.21 2.16
Other Europe 1.68 1.41
Algeria 2.57 1.78
Morocco 2.97 3.28
Tunisia 2.90 2.73
Other Africa 2.86 5.89
Asia (Mostly China) 1.77 2.85
The Americas and Oceania 2.00 2.54

Births by country of birth or citizenship of the parents[edit]

Births by country of birth of the parents[edit]

About 40% of newborns in France between 2006 and 2008 had one foreign-born grandparent (11% born in another European country, 16% born in Maghreb and 12% born in another region of the world).[9]

In 2010, 27.3% of newborn in metropolitan France had at least one foreign-born parent and 23.9% had at least one parent born outside of Europe (parents born in overseas territories are considered as born in France).[6][8]

The table below gives the number of children born in metropolitan France according to the place of birth of both parents.

Birth country of parents 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 % 2010
Both parents born in France 566 447 576 537 601 268 595 286 580 999 575 985 574 687 575 659 590 163 579 515 585 427 578 052 583 600 72.7%
One parent born in France, other foreign-born 101 511 98 687 101 498 102 013 103 930 106 677 110 258 114 090 119 159 119 587 121 845 125 058 129 025 16.1%
Father born in EU27, mother born in France 13 194 12 858 13 060 12 447 11 732 11 442 10 811 10 667 10 455 10 188 9 975 9 526 9 549 1.2%
Father not born in EU27, mother born in France 44 891 43 807 45 612 46 459 47 695 49 790 52 244 54 176 56 886 56 626 57 955 60 362 62 478 7.8%
Father born in France, Mother born in Eu27 13 020 12 647 12 411 11 881 11 439 11 119 10 930 10 827 10 794 10 575 10 562 10 585 10 418 1.3%
Father born in France, Mother not born in Eu27 30 406 29 375 30 415 31 226 33 064 34 326 36 273 38 420 41 024 42 198 43 353 44 585 46 580 5.8%
Both parents foreign-born 70 122 69 567 72 016 73 646 76 701 78 802 82 871 84 606 87 574 86 883 88 772 90 310 89 599 11.2%
Both parents born in Eu27 6 681 6 157 5 780 5 524 5 159 5 369 5 426 5 372 5 778 5 891 6 276 6 442 6 694 0.8%
Both parents not born in Eu27 60 281 60 636 63 299 65 406 68 788 70 552 74 537 76 348 78 700 78 020 79 405 80 641 79 698 9.9%
Father born in EU27, Mother not born in Eu27 1 188 1 047 1 116 1 035 1 038 1 075 1 150 1 100 1 256 1 190 1 226 1 268 1 258 0.2%
Father not born in EU27, Mother born in Eu27 1 972 1 727 1 821 1 681 1 716 1 806 1 758 1 786 1 840 1 782 1 865 1 959 1 949 0.2%
Total of newborns 738 080 744 791 774 782 770 945 761 630 761 464 767 816 774 355 796 896 785 985 796 044 793 420 802 224 100%

Births by citizenship of the parents[edit]

In 2010, 80.1% of newborn in metropolitan France had two French parents, 13.3% had one French parent, and 6,6% had two non French parents.[6][19]

The table below gives the number of children born in metropolitan France according to the citizenship of both parents.

Citizenship of parents 1998 1999 2000 % 2000 2001 22 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 % 2010
Both French parents 630 995 633 788 657 576 84.9% 648 506 633 294 629 014 628 062 630 481 645 879 635 082 640 596 634 153 642 816 80.1%
One French parent, other non French 57 897 61 577 66 636 8.6% 69 954 74 590 78 318 84 013 88 965 94 888 96 314 100 464 103 704 106 622 13.3%
French Mother, Father with European citizenship, 9 146 9 175 9 554 1.2% 9 397 8 866 9 019 8 749 8 503 8 571 8 509 8 349 8 197 8 829 1.1%
French Mother, Father with non European citizenship, 25 117 26 720 29 592 3.8% 31 463 33 820 35 756 38 923 41 061 43 698 43 603 45 579 46 753 46 456 5.8%
French Father, Mother with European citizenship 7 535 7 551 7 409 1.0% 7 235 7 359 7 097 7 172 7 324 7 395 7 420 7 642 7 862 7 874 1.0%
French Father, Mother with non European citizenship 16 099 18 131 20 081 2.6% 21 859 24 545 26 446 29 169 32 077 35 224 36 782 38 894 40 892 43 463 5.4%
Both non French parents 49 188 49 426 50 570 6.5% 52 485 53 746 54 132 55 741 54 909 56 129 54 589 54 984 55 563 52 786 6.6%
Both parents with European citizenship 6 715 6 359 6 166 0.8% 5 808 5 507 5 589 5 670 5 667 6 085 6 214 6 623 6 803 6 958 0.9%
Both parents with non European citizenship 41 268 41 845 42 985 5.5% 45 265 46 807 46 921 48 364 47 440 48 091 46 301 46 167 46 435 43 454 5.4%
Father with European citizenship, Mother with non European citizenship 440 502 565 0.1% 589 571 685 733 797 937 967 1 062 1 141 1 235 0.2%
Father with non European citizenship, Mother with European citizenship 765 720 854 0.1% 823 861 937 974 1 005 1 016 1 107 1 132 1 184 1 139 0.2%
Total of newborns 738 080 744 791 774 782 100% 770 945 761 630 761 464 767 816 774 355 796 896 785 985 796 044 793 420 802 224 100%

Ethnic groups[edit]

People in metropolitan France according to INSEE (2010)[20]
French
  
89.7%
French (by acquisition)
  
4.4%
Foreigners
  
5.9%
Immigrants
  
8.6%

As of 2004, French think-tank Institut Montaigne estimated that there were 51 million (85%) white people of European origin, 6 million (10%) North African people, 2 million (3.5%) Black people and 1 million (1.5%) people of Asian origin in Metropolitan France, including all generations of immigrant descendants.[21]

The modern ethnic French are the descendants of Celts, Iberians, Ligurians, Italic peoples (including Romans) and Greeks in southern France,[22][23] later mixed with large group of Germanic peoples arriving at the end of the Roman Empire such as the Franks the Burgundians, Alamanni and Goths,[24] very small portions of Moors and Saracens in the south,[25][26][27][28][29][30][31] and Scandinavians, Vikings who became, by mixing with the local population, the Normans and settled mostly in Normandy in the 9th century.[32][33]

Due to a law dating from 1872, the French Republic prohibits performing census by making distinction between its citizens regarding their race or their beliefs.[34]

Some organizations, such as the Representative Council of Black Associations of France(French: Conseil représentatif des associations noires de France, CRAN), have argued in favour of the introduction of data collection on minority groups but this has been resisted by other organizations and ruling politicians,[35][36] often on the grounds that collecting such statistics goes against France's secular principles and harks back to Vichy-era identity documents.[37] During the 2007 presidential election, however, Nicolas Sarkozy was polled on the issue and stated that he favoured the collection of data on ethnicity.[38] Part of a parliamentary bill which would have permitted the collection of data for the purpose of measuring discrimination was rejected by the Conseil Constitutionnel in November 2007.[34]

However, that law does not concern surveys and polls, which are free to ask those questions if they wish. The law also allows for an exception for public institutions such as the INED or the INSEE whose job it is to collect data on demographics, social trends and other related subjects, on condition that the collection of such data has been authorized by the National Commission for Computer-stocked data and Freedom (CNIL) and the National Council of Statistical Information (CNIS).[39]

Of European ethnic groups not indigenous to France, the most numerous are people of Italian family origin and it is estimated that about 5 million citizens (8% of the population) are at least partly of Italian origin if their parentage is retraced over three generations.[40] This is due to waves of Italian immigration, notably during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Other large European groups of non-native origin are Spaniards, Portuguese, Polish, and Greeks. Also, due to more recent immigration, between five and six million people of Maghrebi origin[41] and approximately 200,000 Turks inhabit France.[citation needed] An influx of North African Jews immigrated to France in the 1950s and after the Algerian War due to the decline of the French empire. Subsequent waves of immigration followed the Six-Day War, when some Moroccan and Tunisian Jews settled in France. Hence, by 1968, North African Jews were about 500,000 and the majority in France. As these new immigrants were already culturally French they needed little time to adjust to French society. Black people come from both the French overseas territories (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, and former colony Haiti) and Sub-Saharan Africa (especially Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal). France has the largest black population in Europe.

Solis, a marketing company, recently estimated the numbers for ethnic minorities (immigrants and 2nd generation) in France in 2009 as 3.26 million Maghrebis (5.23%), 1.83 million Black people (2.94%, 1.08 million Sub-Saharan Africans and 757,000 French from French West Indies) and 250,000 Turkish (0.71%) .[42][43]

Immigration[edit]

Main article: Immigration to France

Since the 19th century, France has continued being a country of immigration. During the Trente Glorieuses (1945–1974), the country's reconstruction and steady economic growth led to the labor-immigration of the 1960s, when many employers found manpower in villages located in Southern Europe and North Africa. In 2008, the French national institute of statistics INSEE estimated that 11.8 million foreign-born immigrants and their direct descendants (second generation) lived in France representing 19% of the country's population. About 5.5 million are of European origin and 4 million of Maghrebi origin.[44][45]

Before World War II[edit]

In the 20th century, France experienced a high rate of immigration from other countries. The immigration rate was particularly high during the 1920s and 1930s. France was the European country which suffered the most from World War I, with respect to the size of its population, losing 1.4 million young men out of a total population of 40 million. France was also at the time the European country with the lowest fertility rate, which meant that the country had a very hard time recovering from the heavy losses of the war. France had to open its doors to immigration, which was the only way to prevent population decline between the two world wars.[46]

At the time France was the only European country to permit mass immigration. The other major European powers, such as the UK or Germany, still had high fertility rates, so immigration was seen as unnecessary while it was also undesirable to the vast majority of their populations. Armenians immigrated to France after the Armenian Genocide of 1915.[47] The majority of immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s came from southern Europe: Greeks, Italians, Yugoslavs, Portuguese and Spaniards, but also Eastern Europeans: Poles, Russians, Hungarians and Czechoslovaks; and Belgians (nationality, but composed of both French and Fleming-Dutch elements) and the first wave of colonial French subjects from Africa and Asia. By the end of the Spanish Civil War, some half-million Spanish Republican refugees had crossed the border into France.[48] At this time, Judaism was the second most populous religion in France, as it had been for centuries. However, this would soon change.

Local populations often opposed immigrant manpower, leading to occasional outbursts of violence. The most violent of these, was a pogrom against Italian workers who worked in the salt evaporation ponds of Peccais, erupted in Aigues-Mortes in 1893, killing at least nine and injuring hundreds on the Italian side.[49]

After World War II[edit]

After World War II, the French fertility rate rebounded considerably, as noted above, but economic growth in France was so high that new immigrants had to be brought into the country. This time the majority of immigrants were Portuguese as well as Arabs and Berbers from North Africa. The first wave arrived in the 1950s, but the major arrivals happened in the 1960s and 1970s. More than one million people from the Maghreb immigrated in the 1960s and early 1970s from North Africa, especially Algeria (following the end of French rule there)[citation needed]. One million European pieds noirs also migrated from Algeria in 1962 and the following years, due to the chaotic independence of Algeria.[50] This is a focal point of the current turbulent relationship of France and over three million French of Algerian descent, a small percentage of whom are third-or fourth-generation French.

French law facilitated the immigration of thousands of French settlers (colons in French language), ethnic or national French from former colonies of North and West Africa, India and Indochina, to mainland France. 1.6 million European pieds noirs settlers migrated from Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.[51] In the 1970s, over 30,000 French settlers left Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime as the Pol Pot government confiscated their farms and land properties. However, after the 1973 energy crisis, laws limiting immigration were passed. In addition, the country's birth rate dropped significantly during this time.

Between 1956 and 1967, about 235.000 Sephardic North African Jews from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco also immigrated to France due to the decline of the French empire and following the Six-Day War. Hence, by 1968, Sephardic North African Jews were the majority of the Jews in France. As these new immigrants were already culturally French they needed little time to adjust to French society.[52]

In the late 1970s, due to the end of high economic growth in France, immigration policies were considerably tightened, starting with the Pasqua laws passed in 1986 and 1993. New immigrants were allowed only through the family reunion schemes (wives and children moving to France to live with their husband or father already living in France), or as asylum seekers. Illegal immigration thus developed as immigration policy became more rigid. In 2006, The French Ministry of the Interior estimated clandestine immigrants in France amounted to anywhere between 200.000 and 400.000, also expecting between 80.000 and 100.000 people to enter the country illegally each year.[53]

The Pasqua laws are a significant landmark in the shift in France's immigration policy through the course of the 20th century. They are a sign of the securitization aspect of immigration, giving more power to the police, allowing them to perform random identity checks and deport immigrants without legal papers. The rise in anti-immigration sentiments was reinforced by a series of terrorist bombs in Paris in 1986 which were linked to Muslim immigrants in France.[54]

Tightening immigration laws such as these, as well as notions of "zero immigration", reflected national views that arose within the discussion around immigrant family reunification and national identity. Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI) immigration expert, Mr. Christophe Bertossi, states that "stigmatized as both a challenge to social cohesion and a "burden" for the French economy, family immigration is increasingly restricted and constructed as a racial issue. The "immigration choisie" policy strives consequently to select migrants according to their profile, skills and–though still indirectly–origins.[55][56]

Nonetheless, immigration rates in the 1980s and 1990s were much lower than in the 1960s and 1970s, especially compared to other European countries. The regions of emigrations also widened, with new immigrants now coming from sub-saharan Africa and Asia. And in the 1970s, a small but well publicized wave of Chilean and Argentine political refugees (see Chilean coup of 1973) found asylum in France.

Ethnic Vietnamese started to become a visible segment of society after the massive influx of refugees after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. The expulsions of ethnic Chinese from Vietnam in the 1970s led to a wave of immigration and the settlement of the high-rise neighbourhood near the Porte d'Italie, where the Chinatown of Paris is located. Located in the 13th arrondissement, the area contains many ethnic Chinese inhabitants.[57]

The large-scale immigration from Islamic countries has sparked controversy in France. Nevertherless, according to Justin Vaïsse, in spite of obstacles and spectacular failures like the riots in November 2005, in Parisian suburbs, where many immigrants live secluded from society with very few capabilities to live in better conditions, the integration of Muslim immigrants is happening as part of a background evolution[58] and recent studies confirmed the results of their assimilation, showing that "North Africans seem to be characterized by a high degree of cultural integration reflected in a relatively high propensity to exogamy" with rates ranging from 20% to 50%.[59] According to Emmanuel Todd the relatively high exogamy among French Algerians can be explained by the colonial link between France and Algeria.[60][61] One illustration of this growing resentment and job insecurity can be drawn from related events, such as the 2005 riots, which ensued in former President Chirac declaring a state of emergency.[62] Massive demonstrations to express frustration over unemployment took place in March 2009.[63] The importance of integration was brought to the forefront of the political agenda in President Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign. Upon being elected, he symbolically created the French Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Codevelopment. Integration is one of the pillars of its political aims.[64]

Today[edit]

French residency by country of nationality 1999.PNG

As of 2008, the French national institute of statistics INSEE estimated that 11.8 million foreign-born immigrants and their direct descendants (limited to 2nd generation born in France) lived in France representing 19% of the country's population. More than 5.5 million are of European origin and about 4 million of Maghrebi origin (20% of Algerian origin and 15% of Moroccan or Tunisian origin). Immigrants age 18–50 count for 2.7 million (10% of population age 18–50) and 5 million for all ages (8% of population). The second generation age 18–50 make up 3.1 million (12% of 18–50) and 6.5 million for all ages (11% of population).[44][45] Without considering citizenship at birth, people not born in metropolitan France and their direct descendants made up 30% of the population aged 18–50 in metropolitan France as of 2008.[65]

The region with the largest proportion of immigrants is the Île-de-France (Greater Paris), where 40% of immigrants live. Other important regions are Rhône-Alpes (Lyon) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Marseille). The most important individual countries of origin as of 2007 were Algeria (702,000), Morocco (645,000), Portugal (576,000), Italy (323,000), Spain (262,000) and Turkey (234,000). However, immigration from Asia (especially China), as well as from sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Mali) is gaining in importance.

42% of the immigrants are from Africa (30% from Maghreb and 12% from Sub-Saharan Africa), 38% from Europe (mainly from Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Spain), 14% from Asia and 5% from America and Oceania.[45] Outside Europe and North Africa, the highest rate of immigration is from Vietnam, Cambodia and Senegal.

The following table shows immigrants and 2nd generation immigrants by origin as of 2008 according to a study published by Insee in 2012. 3rd generation immigrants, illegal immigrants, as well as ethnic minorities like Black people from the French overseas territories residing in metropolitan France (800,000), Roms (500,000) or people born in Maghreb with French citizenship at birth (1 million Maghrebi Jews, Harkis and Pied-Noir) and their descendants, who are French by birth and not considered as immigrants or immigrant descendants are not taken into account.[66]

Immigrants by origin (2008) in thousands Immigrants 2nd generation Total %
Spain 257 620 877 7.3%
Italy 317 920 1 237 10.4%
Portugal 581 660 1 241 10.4%
Turkey 239 220 459 3.8%
Other countries from EU27 653 920 1 573 13.2%
Other European countries 224 210 434 3.6%
Europe Total 2 032 3 330 5 362 44.9%
Algeria 713 1 000 1 713 14.3%
Morocco 654 660 1 314 11.0%
Tunisia 235 290 525 4.4%
Maghreb Total 1 602 1 950 3 552 29.7%
Subsaharan Africa 669 570 1 239 10.4%
SouthEast Asia 163 160 323 2.7%
Other Asian countries 355 210 565 4.7%
America/Oceania 282 170 452 3.8%
Other Regions Total 1 708 1 330 3 038 25.4%
Total 5 342 6 610 11 952 100.00%

The top ten emigrant countries in 2008 (excluding member states of the European Economic Area) were:[67]

Rank Country Immigrants
All nationalities (including 72,000 Europeans) 211,055
1  Algeria 23,605
2  Morocco 23,382
3  Poland 22,951
4  China 11,893
5  Tunisia 9,103
6  Turkey 7,607
7  Romania 4,922
8  Mali 4,535
9  Cameroon 3,913
10  United States 3,847

According to Michèle Tribalat, researcher at INED, there were, in 1999, approximately 14 million persons of foreign ancestry (about a quarter of the population), defined as either immigrants or people with at least one immigrant parent or grandparent. Half of them were of European ancestry (including 5.2 million from South Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal and former Yugoslavia)). The rest were from Maghreb (3 million), Sub-saharan Africa (680,000), Turkey (320,000) and other parts of the world (2.5 million).[68] Immigrants from the Maghreb are commonly referred to as beur, a verlan slang term derived from the word arabe (French for Arab).[69]

According to the distinguished French historian of immigration Gérard Noiriel, one third of the population currently living in France is of "foreign" descent.[70]

In 2004, a total of 140,033 people immigrated to France. Of them, 90,250 were from Africa and 13,710 from Europe.[71] In 2005, immigration levels fell slightly to 135,890.[72] The European Union allows free movement between the member states. While the UK (along with Ireland and Sweden, and non-EU members Norway and Switzerland) did not impose restrictions, France put in place controls to curb Eastern European migration.

As at 1 January 2006, INSEE estimates that the number of foreigners living in metropolitan France amounted to 3.5 million people. Two out of five foreigners are from Portugal, Algeria or Morocco. Thus EU nationals immigrating to France comprise 1.2 million people while 1.1 million people are from the three Maghreb countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. It is interesting to note that immigrants are concentrated in Île-de-France, Rhone-Alpes, Provence and Côte d'Azur regions, accounting for 60% of the total immigrant population. Furthermore, there appears to be a lower rate of immigrants arriving from the EU since 1975 as opposed to an increase in African immigrants.[73]

In the first decade of the 21st century, the net migration rate was estimated to be 0.66 migrants per 1,000 population a year.[74] This is a very low rate of immigration compared to other European countries, the USA or Canada. Since the beginning of the 1990s, France has been attempting to curb immigration, first with the Pasqua laws, followed by both right-wing and socialist-issued laws. This trend is also demonstrated in anti-immigrant sentiments among the public. For example, the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. conducted a public opinion poll in February 2004 among French nationals. This poll measured the extent of support for restricting immigration among French nationals, by age cohort. 24% of individuals ages 18–29 favored restricting immigration, 33% of individuals ages 30–49 were in favor and 53% of individuals ages 50–64 and 65 and over were in favor as well.[75] Nearly nine years later, a January 2013 poll conducted in France by Ipsos found that 70% of respondents said that there were "too many immigrants in France".[76]

The immigration rate is currently lower than in other European countries such as United Kingdom and Spain; however, some say it is doubtful that the policies in themselves account for such a change. Again, as in the 1920s and 1930s, France stands in contrast with the rest of Europe. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, when European countries had a high fertility rate, France had a low fertility rate and had to open its doors to immigration to avoid population decline. Today, it is the rest of Europe that has very low fertility rates, and countries like Germany or Spain avoid population decline only through immigration. In France, however, fertility rate is still fairly high for European standards. It is, in fact, the highest in Europe after Ireland (the EU) and Albania (perhaps higher than Ireland's), and so most population growth is due to natural increase, unlike in the other European countries.[77]

This difference in immigration trends is also because the labor market in France is currently less dynamic than in other countries such as the UK, Ireland or Spain. One reason for this could be France's relatively high unemployment, which the country has struggled to reduce for the past two decades. There is also a parallel dynamic between immigration and unemployment. Immigrants tend to be subjected to higher rates of unemployment: In 2008, the immigrant unemployment rate in France was a startling 13%, twice as high as for the national population (6%).[78] One can further analyze this trend in relation to education. In the Ministry's 2010 report on professional inclusion for immigrants, 19.6% of immigrants without any education were unemployed, while 16.1% of immigrants who had graduated high school were unemployed. Immigrants with an undergraduate degree or higher had only 11.4% unemployment.[79]

For example, according to the UK Office for National Statistics, in the three years between July 2001 and July 2004 the population of the UK increased by 721,500 inhabitants, of which 242,800 (34%) was due to natural increase, and 478,500 (66%) to immigration.[80] According to the INSEE, in the three years between January 2001 and January 2004 the population of Metropolitan France increased by 1,057,000 inhabitants, of which 678,000 (64%) was due to natural increase, and 379,500 (36%) to immigration.[81]

The latest 2008 demographic statistics have been released, and France's birth and fertility rates have continued to rise. The fertility rate increased to 2.01 in 2012[1] and for the first time surpasses the fertility rate of the United States.[82]

Maghrebis in France[edit]

French of Maghrebi origin in France form the largest ethnic group after French of European origin.

According to Michel Tribalat, a researcher at INED, there were 3.5 million people of Maghrebi origin (with at least one grandparent from Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia) living in France in 2005 corresponding to 5.8% of the total French metropolitan population (60.7 million in 2005).[83] Maghrebis have settled mainly in the industrial regions in France, especially in the Paris region. Many famous French people like Edith Piaf,[84] Isabelle Adjani, Arnaud Montebourg, Alain Bashung, Dany Boon and many others have Maghrebi ancestry.

Below is a table of population of Maghrebi origin in France, numbers are in thousands:

Country 1999 2005 % 1999/2005 % French population (60.7 million in 2005)
Algeria 1,577 1,865 +18.3% 3.1%
Immigrants 574 679
Born in France 1,003 1,186
Morocco 1,005 1,201 +19.5% 2.0%
Immigrants 523 625
Born in France 482 576
Tunisia 417 458 +9.8% 0.8%
Immigrants 202 222
Born in France 215 236
Total Maghreb 2,999 3,524 +17.5% 5.8%
Immigrants 1 299 1 526 2.5%
Born in France 1 700 1 998 3.3%

In 2005, the percentage of young people under 18 of maghrebi origin (at least one immigrant parent) was about 7% in Metropolitan France, 12% in Greater Paris and above 20% in French département of Seine-Saint-Denis.[85][86]

2005 Seine-Saint-Denis Val-de-Marne Val-d'Oise Lyon Paris France
Total Maghreb 22.0% 13.2% 13.0% 13.0% 12.1% 6.9%

According to other sources between 5 and 6 million people of Maghrebin origin live in France corresponding to about 7–9% of the total French metropolitan population.[87]

Immigration policy[edit]

As mentioned above, the French Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Codevelopment was created immediately following the appointment of Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France in 2007. Immigration has been a relevant political dimension in France's agenda in recent years. President Sarkozy's agenda has sharpened the focus placed on integration of immigrants living in France as well as their acquisition of national identity. The state of immigration policy in France is fourfold. Its pillars of immigration policy are to regulate migratory flows in and out of France, facilitate immigrants' integration and promote French identity, honor the French tradition's principle of welcoming political asylum and promote solidarity within the immigrant population (principle of co-development).[88] In its 2010 Budget report, the Ministry of Immigration declared it would fund €600 million for its immigration policy objectives, a figure representing 60 million more than in 2009 (otherwise an 11.5% increase from 2009 figures).[79]

In July 2006, President Sarkozy put into effect a law on immigration based upon the notion of "chosen immigration",[89] which allows immigration into France to a restricted field of employment sectors, notably the hotel and restaurant industries, construction and seasonal employment. The following summer of 2007, Sarkozy amended the law to require the acquisition of the French language as a pre-condition. According to Christophe Bertossi, immigration expert in France's Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), "there is a dominant trend in the French policy to stem family migration, notably conditioned after the 2007 law by a minimum level of French language tested and by the demonstration that he/she endorses the main French constitutional principles".[90]

France, along with other EU countries, have still not signed their agreement to the United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families of 1990.[91] This Convention is a treaty to protect migrant workers' rights, in recognition of their human rights.

Alternative policies have been discussed in formulating immigration policy, such as a quota system. At the beginning of 2008, as the government was rethinking its orientation on immigration policy with the creation of the new ministry, the idea of a quota system was introduced as a possible alternative. In early 2008, a proposal was made to Parliament to decide each year how many immigrants to accept, based on skill and origin. However, this quota policy contradicts the French Constitution. A commission was formed in February 2008 to study how the Constitution could be changed to allow for a quota system. The main difficulty is the origin principle of establishing a quota "constituting a breach in the universalistic ideology of the French Republic".[55]

On 18 January 2008, the government published a list of 150 job titles that were encountering difficult supply of labor.[92] Immigrants living in France today are reported to primarily cover the following sectors: agriculture, service to persons in need (childcare, the elderly), construction, education, health and services to businesses.[93] Thus the government is seeking to match immigrants with the economic makeup of France. The current administration could also seek to integrate migrants and their families through education and training, making them more competitive in the job market. To tackle critical labor shortages, France also decided to participate in the EU Blue Card.

Therefore the outlook towards immigrants in France is shifting as unemployment continues to dominate the political agenda, along with political incentives to strengthen French national identity. Recent incidents, such as the 2005 civil unrest and Romani repatriation have shed light on France's immigration policies and how these are viewed globally, especially in congruence or discontinuity with the EU. A longitudinal study has been conducted since March 2010 to provide qualitative research regarding the integration of new immigrants.[94] This report is being finalized at the end of December 2010 and will be most relevant to provide insight into further immigration policy analysis for the French government.

Languages[edit]

Main article: French language

French is the only official language of France, and is constitutionally required to be overwhelmingly the language of government and administration. There is a rising cultural awareness of the regional languages of France, which enjoy no official status. These regional languages include the Langue d'oïl, Langue d'oc, Romance languages other than French, Basque, Breton and Germanic languages. Immigrant groups from former French colonies and elsewhere have also brought their own languages.

Religion[edit]

Main article: Religion in France

France has not collected religious or ethnic data in its censuses since the beginning of the Third Republic, but the country's predominant faith has been Roman Catholicism since the early Middle Ages. Church attendance is fairly low, however, and the proportion of the population that is not religious has grown over the past century. A 2004 IFOP survey tallied that 44% of the French people did not believe in God; contrast with 20% in 1947.[95] A study by the CSA Institute conducted in 2003 with a sample of 18,000 people found that 27% considered themselves atheists, and 65.3% Roman Catholic, while 12.7% (8,065,000 people) belonged to some other religion.

There are an estimated 5 million Muslims,[96] one million Protestants, 600,000 Buddhists, 491,000 Jews,[97] and 150,000 Orthodox Christians as of 2000 figures[citation needed]. The US State Department's International Religious Freedom Report 2004 .[98] estimated the French Hindu population at 181,312.

These studies did not ask the respondents if they were practicing or how often they did practice if they were active in the laity.

According to a poll conducted in 2001 for French Catholic magazine La Croix, numbers are: Roman Catholic 69% (only 10% being listed as regular churchgoers), Agnostic or Atheist 22%, Protestant (Calvinist, Lutheran, Anglican and Evangelical) 2%, others are 7%.[99]

According to CIA World Factbook the numbers are : Roman Catholic 83%–88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 7%,[100] unaffiliated 4%.[101]

Education[edit]

Main article: Education in France

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%[citation needed]
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)[citation needed]

Genetics[edit]

France has been influenced by the different human migrations that occurred throughout Europe over time. Prehistoric and Neolithic population movements could have influenced the genetic diversity of this country. A recent study in 2009 analysed 555 French individuals from 7 different regions in mainland France and found the following Y-DNA Haplogroups. The five main haplogroups are R1 (63.41%), E (11.41%), I (8.88%), J (7.97%) and G (5.16%). R1b (particularly R1b1b2) was found to be the most dominant Y chromosomal lineage in France, covering about 60% of the Y chromosomal lineages. The high frequency of this haplogroup is typical in all West European populations. Haplogroups I and G are also characteristic markers for many different West European populations. Haplogroups J and E1b1b (M35, M78, M81 and M34) consist of lineages with differential distribution within Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Only adults with French surnames were analyzed by the study.[102][103]

According to a 2008 study by Dutch geneticist Manfred Kayser, French people based on a sample from Lyon, showed genetic similarities to all Europeans especially the Swiss, Germans, Austrians, Italians, and Spaniards.[8]

Region Nb BD E* E-M35* E-M78 E-M81 E-M34 G I J1 J2 K N1c P* R1a R1b1 T
1 Alsace 80 0 0 0 6.25 0 3.75 2.50 8.75 1.25 8.75 1.25 0 0 3.75 58.75 5
2 Auvergne 89 0 2.25 0 3.37 5.62 1.12 8.99 4.49 3.37 7.87 1.12 0 0 5.62 52.80 3.37
3 Brittany 115 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.74 13.04 0.87 2.61 0 0 0 0.87 80.88 0
4 Île-de-France 91 0 10.99 0 4.40 5.49 1.10 4.40 7.69 1.10 5.49 0 1.10 0 2.20 56.05 0
5 Midi-Pyrénées 67 0 1.49 1.49 2.99 1.49 1.49 4.48 10.45 4.48 7.46 0 0 0 2.99 59.69 1.49
6 Nord-Pas-de-Calais 68 0 1.47 1.47 5.88 4.41 0 7.35 8.82 0 5.88 0 0 0 2.94 61.76 0
7 Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 45 2.22 0 2.22 8.89 2.22 0 6.67 8.89 0 6.67 0 0 4.44 0 55.55 2.22
Mainland France 555 0.32 2.31 0.74 4.54 2.75 1.07 5.16 8.88 1.58 6.39 0.34 0.16 0.63 2.62 60.78 1.73

According to a genetic study in 2000 based on HLA, French from Marseille "are more or less isolated from the other western European populations. They are in an intermediate position between the North Africans (Algerians from Algiers and Oran; Tunisians) and the western Europeans populations (France, Spain, and Portugal)". According to the authors "these results cannot be attributed to recent events because of the knowledge of the grandparents' origin" in the sample. This study reveals "that the southern French population from Marseilles is related genetically to the southwestern Europeans and North Africans, who are geographically close" and that "a substantial gene flow has thus probably been present among the populations of these neighboring areas".[104]

See also[edit]

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  27. ^ "Les premiers musulmans arrivèrent en France à la suite de l'occupation de l'Espagne par les Maures, il y a plus d'un millénaire, et s'installèrent dans les environs de Toulouse – et jusqu'en Bourgogne. À Narbonne, les traces d'une mosquée datant du VIIIe siècle sont le témoignage de l'ancienneté de ce passé. Lors de la célèbre, et en partie mythologique, bataille de Poitiers en 732, dont les historiens reconsidèrent aujourd'hui l'importance, Charles Martel aurait stoppé la progression des envahisseurs arabes. Des réfugiés musulmans qui fuyaient la Reconquista espagnole, et plus tard l'Inquisition, firent souche en Languedoc-Roussillon et dans le Pays basque français, ainsi que dans le Béarn", Justin Vaïsse, Intégrer l'Islam, Odile Jacob, 2007, pp. 32–33
  28. ^ " Les Sarrasins gardèrent longtemps sur les côtes de la Provence, à la Garde-Freinet, un solide point d'appui et de là purent faire des incursions dans une partie de la France. Au huitième siècle, lors de l'invasion des Berbères dit Arabes, ceux-ci avaient pénétré jusque dans la vallée de la Loire : on parle même de leur venue dans la région orientale de la France, à Luxeuil, dans les Vosges et devant Metz. [...] les observations des anthropologistes ne permettent pas de douter que nombre de familles françaises dans les bassins de la Garonne et du Rhône ne soient issus des envahisseurs musulmans, Berbères modifiés par leur croisement avec les Espagnols, les Arabes et les noirs d'Afrique.", Élisée Reclus, Nouvelle géographie universelle: la terre et les hommes, Élisée Reclus, éd. Hachette, 1881, t. 2, chap. 1-Vue d'ensemble – Le milieu et la race, Ançêtres de Français, p. 45-46
  29. ^ "L'élément sémitique, juif et arabe, était fort en Languedoc. Narbonne avait été longtemps la capitale des Sarrasins en France. (...) Ces nobles du Midi étaient des gens d'esprit qui savaient bien la plupart que penser de leur noblesse. Il n'y en avait guère qui, en remontant un peu, ne rencontrassent dans leur généalogie quelque grand-mère sarrasine ou juive.", Jules Michelet, Histoire de France, éd. Chamerot, 1861, t. 2, p. 335
  30. ^ "Bien que le séjour des Arabes en France n'ait été constitué que par une série de courtes invasions, ils ont laissé des traces profondes de leur passage dans la langue, et [...] ils en ont laissé également dans le sang. [...] L'ethnologie nous en fournit la preuve, en retrouvant, après tant de siècles, des descendants des Arabes sur plusieurs parties de notre sol. Dans le département de la Creuse, dans les Hautes-Alpes, et notamment dans plusieurs localités situées autour de Montmaure (montagne des Maures), dans le canton de Baignes (Charente), de même que dans certains villages des Landes, du Roussillon, du Languedoc, du Béarn, les descendants des Arabes sont facilement reconnaissables.", Gustave Le Bon, La Civilisation des Arabes (1884), La Fontaine au Roy, 1990, p. 237
  31. ^ "Il est certain que, de nos jours, on peut encore trouver en France des descendants des Sarrasins, notamment dans toute la région du sud de la Loire, dans les monts d'Auvergne, en Guyenne, en Languedoc et en Provence, voire même en Bourgogne.", René Martial, La Race française (1934), Mercure de France, 1934, p. 101-102
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