Why France is such a great place to have a large family

European countries are failing to produce enough children to keep their population size constant – but France is the exception. Mum-of-five Gillian Harvey says it’s because big families are so well looked after here

According to data released by Eurostat, France has the highest fertility rate (1.96) in Europe, making it the closest of the European nations to reaching the magical fertility number of 2.1 (the average number required to replace the population).
As a mother of five, I like to think of myself as having made a pretty decent contribution to the population of ...

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