Will it be necessary to put viagra in the vaccine of the less than 50 years? – EconomyMorning


These are very sad figures that INSEE published this week: 2020 is the year in which the fewest babies were born in France since the Second World War. With barely 740,000 births and a fertility rate of 1.84 children per woman, the French birth rate is at half-mast. This phenomenon, which has steadily increased since 2012 (1), has worsened further under the effect of the Covid: the drop in births is more marked in November and December when the first babies conceived after arrival in France were born. virus.

In its demographic report, INSEE also indicates that marriages fell by 30% in 2020. These celebrations postponed to better days – or even sometimes canceled – do not bode well for the birth figures for the years to come.

Some neo-Malthusians may be happy about the reduction in births in France. They quickly forget that the children born today are the ones we will count on in 20 years to finance our level of social protection and pensions.

Others suggest that it will be enough to bring in from abroad the labor force that France will need. This is to forget that these workers not trained in France, often poorly paid, and generating costs to integrate in France could not ensure the maintenance of a high level of social protection and pensions.

Still others, turned towards an ideal past, call for a “great natalist policy” which perhaps does not correspond to the current desires of the majority of French people nor to the level of social spending that France can finance today.

Between these extremes, the government would be well advised to take some measures to better support families and allow them to have a number of children closer to the one they say they want to give birth. A recent survey by the UNAF indeed indicates that families would like to have 2.3 children on average, a level allowing the renewal of generations.

Failing to put viagra in the vaccine doses when the turn comes to vaccinate those under 50, some simple and inexpensive measures could be taken by the government to facilitate the reception of children by families who have the right to do so. desire:

Development of greater flexibility chosen at work on the model of what more and more European countries are doing (United Kingdom, Norway, etc.).

Development of all types of childcare (nurseries, childminders, shared custody, well-paid short parental leave, longer parental leave with lower pay, etc.) to offer more solutions to parents at a lower cost for public finances.

Fight against the culture of French “presenteeism” which suggests that an employee is only engaged in his company if he stays there very late at night.

Better valuation of the experience acquired by anyone involved in the care and education of their children.

Let us hope that as part of the reform of the first 1000 days of the child on which the government is working, it will be able to propose measures that will help France to reconnect with a demography allowing the renewal of generations and the maintenance of France’s place. in the world.

1) The slight increase in French births in 2014 is artificial: it corresponds to the addition of Mayotte to the statistics, the island where some 10,000 babies are born each year.

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