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French Deaths Rise to Highest Level Since World War II

  • Life expectancy in France falls for the first time since 1969
  • French women are also having fewer babies, Insee says

More people died in 2015 in France than in any other year since World War II, the national statistics office Insee said, blaming “unfavorable” weather and a severe flu epidemic.

According to the first excerpts of the 2015 census published by Insee Tuesday, there were 600,000 deaths in the country last year, compared with 559,000 in 2014. Life expectancy slid for both men and women for the first time since 1969. French women could expect to live 85 years, four months less than in 2014. For men, life expectancy dipped by three months to 78.9, Paris-based Insee’s figures show.