Well, I'm probably a minority, but I don't find this shocking.What will be more troublesome is when humanity has moved from tribe, to family, to couple, then to individual. When even the pregnancy is handled by machine in our ongoing attempt to remove ourselves from our mammalian roots.
This is not an unusual concept for Euro socialism. Swedes have had "barnbidrag" (child rearing government stipend) for many years. I've never seen any evidence, or even a claim that I can recall, that this encourages people to have more children than they would otherwise have. The amount of the French payments seem quite high so they may have that effect.
This is interesting:Indeed, this was the conclusion reached by the EU study. Its surveys found that the average European would like to have 2.3 children, while the actual continent-wide fertility rate is 1.5.
France is in the midst of a (relative) baby boom, as a matter of fact. They have the highest birth rate in Europe & you can find articles on the BBC web site about all the babies being born there.
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