The population of France in 2005
Population and Societies
n° 421, March 2006
The French population is still growing. Three-quarters of this increase is due to the surplus of births over eaths, and one-quarter to net migration, i.e. the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants.Fertility is still among the highest in Europe and life expectancy has risen again with respect to 2004. The overseas départements and regions account for 3% of the total population, but have little impact on overall fertility or life expectancy.