2008 demographic assessment: more children, ever later in life
The population of metropolitan France (mainland + Corsica) and overseas départements (DOMs) was estimated at 64.3 million on 1 January 2009. The number of births in metropolitan France reached 801,000, a level unmatched since 1981. Fertility exceeds two children per women of reproductive age. Women are giving birth ever later in life. The mean age at childbearing is nearing 30, up two years from the late 1980s. Life expectancy remained stable in 2008. The number of elderly persons is rising steadily: 5.6 million people aged 75 and over reside in France, one-third more than ten years ago.