The welfare system that was introduced at the
end of the Second World War and which has since been
further developed provides good basic security for the
French. But rising costs have in recent years created
great stress on social insurance systems. Expenditures
for pensions and healthcare, in particular, have risen
sharply. The high unemployment rate has also led to
fewer contributions to the payments.
The social security system provides protection in,
among other things, illness, unemployment and accidents.
It also includes child support, parental benefit and
pension. Right from the start, employers and trade
unions had to take the main responsibility for social
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Official statistics for population in France, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.
The retirement age was reduced to 60 years in the
early 1980s, but was later raised again (see Labor
Market). The pension system is complex and the
regulations have varied between different occupational
groups. Parents who have two or more children can
receive parental allowance for up to three years;
however, six months of the grant must be taken out by
one parent and the rest of the other. The reform
introduced in 2014 was hoped to lead to more men taking
Discrimination on grounds of sex or sexual
orientation is prohibited. Women were given the right to
vote in 1944. After the 2012 election, just over a
quarter of the members of the National Assembly were
women, which was a record for France. The newly elected
left government was the first where half of the
ministers were women. About 30 percent of women work
part-time compared to 8 percent of men.
The gap between rich and poor is relatively large:
the 20 percent with the highest income in the population
earn five times as much as the 20 percent with the
lowest income. Riot has erupted several times in
socially vulnerable and immigrant-dense environments in
the suburbs of big cities. For a few weeks in 2005, the
country was shaken by the most difficult crows since the
May 1968 revolt, when thousands of cars were set on
fire, among other things. In 2007, it became possible to
judge 16-year-olds by the same rules as adults.
Homosexuals have since May 2013 the right to marry
and adopt children. The law was passed after a lengthy
bitter debate and several months of extensive
demonstrations, arranged by opponents of same-sex
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
3 per 1000 births (2018)
Percentage of HIV infected
0.3 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young women
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young men
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
100.0 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
98.7 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
11.1 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
US $ 4,263 (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
40 percent (2018)
The government is being reformed
Left-wing Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is replaced and replaced by
former Justice Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie. Former Prime Minister Alain Juppé
becomes new Minister of Defense.
Military cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom
The agreement means, among other things, that the two countries will together
carry out tests with nuclear weapons charges.
New mass protests
Millions of people take part in the fourth mass protest in four months,
against Sarkozy's economic policy and, not least, raising the retirement age.
Train and air traffic are disturbed by the strikes, and many oil depots are
blocked. Kravall police are deployed in their quarters and unrest is occurring.
Despite tensions, Parliament's two chambers vote yes to raising the retirement
The canning law is approved by the Senate
Canning law is approved by the Senate. (see January and July, respectively)
Camps for Roma are demolished
The government begins to demolish illegal camps for Roma and travelers and
launches the deportation of more than a thousand Roma to Romania and Bulgaria.
Sharp criticism comes from both the EU and the UN, who accuse France of
violating Roman rights and of pure racism.
Yes to canning ban
The National Assembly votes by a large majority for a contentious bill to ban
comprehensive covers, such as burka and niqab, in general.
Sarkozy dismisses two ministers
They are accused of misusing public funds. Sarkozy himself is also accused of
receiving illegal contributions during his presidential campaign.
Millions of people strike against plans to raise retirement age. Public
transport and teaching in schools are affected, postal, gas and electricity
plants are affected, as are many factories.
Raised retirement age
The government presents budget cuts of EUR 45 billion. In the long term,
raising the lowest retirement age from 60 to 62 is announced step by step until
Sarkozy makes state visits to China
France has an increasing economic exchange with China.
Defeat for the UMP
In the regional elections, the UMP government makes its worst election in
half a century. The Socialist Party wins big with 54 percent of the vote and
gains control over 22 regions. The UMP gains 36 percent and wins in a single
mainland region. The election result is interpreted as criticism of Sarkozy's
policy, against the high unemployment rate and against plans for pension