According to the monthly demographic report of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE), an average of 1,816 babies were born daily in France in March.
The number of births has fallen to the lowest level in the country since 1994, when data were recorded on a monthly basis for the past 30 years.
In addition, compared to March 2022, there was a 7 percent decrease in the number of newborns in the same period this year.
In the Ile-de-France and Occitanie regions, where the capital city of Paris is located, baby births have decreased even more than in the overseas territories of France.
INSEE attributes this decrease in the number of newborns to both the decrease in the number of women of childbearing age and the slowdown in the fertility rate in recent years.
With 723,000 babies born in the country last year, the number of newborns was the lowest annual figure since 1946.
It was also stated that the deportation of more than 161,000 people, most of whom had an immigrant background, was also effective in the decrease in the population growth rate.