France: 67.2 million inhabitants

Paris, Tour Eiffel
Paris, Tour Eiffel. Photo: Wladyslaw

France is seeing its population continue to grow, and now exceeds 67 million inhabitants on 1 January 2018. The country has a total population of 67,186,638 inhabitants, that is to say by counting the overseas departments and regions of France (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Mayotte, Martinique, Reunion), but excluding territories (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna). In metropolitan France, there are exactly 65,018,096 inhabitants. 2,168,542 people live in the overseas departments and regions.

However, despite remaining one of the champions of birth rates in Europe (ahead of Ireland and Sweden), the country is starting to see its population growth slow (+ 0.3% in 2017). The aging of the population and the unfavorable economic situation for several years have led to a steady decline in the number of births, little offset by immigration. A reverse phenomenon of the rest of the major European countries, Germany and Italy in particular, which see their population going down (Italy), or age strongly and increase only through the contribution of migration (Germany).

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