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France offers E800 reward for each new baby

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1002
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    The French prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, announced last week that a bonus of €800 (£560, $895) will be awarded mothers for each baby born after 1 January 2004. The bonus is part of a series of measures to encourage families to have more children. It is estimated that 90% of families will qualify for the childbirth bonus.

    “In the coming years, the nation may labour,” said Christian Jacob, minister delegate for the family. He added that one out of two couples wanted an additional child and “must be helped to realise that wish.”

    In 2002 in France the average number …

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