While falling birthrates threaten to undermine economies and social
stability across much of an aging Europe, French fertility rates are
increasing. France now has the second-highest fertility rate in Europe
— 1.94 children born per woman, exceeded slightly by Ireland’s rate of
1.99. The U.S. fertility rate is 2.01 children.
In addition to birth subsidies, cultural norms encourage women to both work and have kids. Here is the story.