Why Do French Women Have So Many Babies?

On average, French women have 1.9 children each, one of the highest rates in Europe in an era where birthrates are in free fall.

But this has a lot more to do with French law than French ovaries. France’s comprehensive welfare program has historically allowed French women to have children without fear of financial ruin (though recent cuts may have affected pregnancy rates in France). France’s family allowance system, which has existed for nearly 90 years, provides a monthly allowance for new parents, and state-subsidized daycare known as la crèche is one of the most sought-after programs in France.


Watch this France24 video to the end for a look inside these famous crèches, an interview with an expat-turned-maman, and a lot of hot tips on when, how, and why to have a baby in France.