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Poll: One third of French women don’t ever want to have children

A new poll has found that around one third of French women don’t ever want to have children.

The poll, which was conducted by the French IFOP Institute, included a sample size of 2,005 women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49. The results were that around one third of respondents said they did not ever want to have children.

When respondents were asked why they didn’t want to have children, 50% said they didn’t think that having a child was “not essential to their personal development” according to Le Figaro.

A further 48% said they did not want to assume the responsibility of being a parent.

Notably, of those who did not want to be a mother, 39% said that the “climate crisis” played a role in their desire not to have children. 37% said that political and social crises played a role, and 35% cited a fear of overpopulation.

Notably, when broken down by political affiliation, almost half of French Greens in the EELV party said they didn’t want children. Comparatively, among supporters of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party, a majority wanted to have children.

The survey found that more working class women wanted to have children compared to those from more professional backgrounds such as business.

Notably, 2020 saw the lowest number of births in France since the end of World War 2, and the country’s birth rate is far below replacement level.

 

 

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