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Election and Democracy
France
Voter turnout in the national election42.6% (March 2019 or latest)
[36/36countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections6.07 (2014)
[7/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes74.4% (2014)
[11/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign38.2% (2014)
[25/26countries]
% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions72.6% (2014)
[7/26countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works59.0% (2013)
[12/26countries]
% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech28.5% (2010)
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% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech10.3% (2010)
[14/25countries]
Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today4.84 (2014)
[20/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago5.72 (2014)
[14/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now4.06 (2014)
[26/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.59 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.30 (2014)
[6/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making5.95 (2014)
[12/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions4.72 (2014)
[13/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances6.31 (2014)
[7/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights6.14 (2014)
[1/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections3.58 (2014)
[18/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote4.22 (2014)
[21/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.40 (2014)
[20/26countries]
Politician
France
Number of total seats in the Parliament925 (2017)
[3/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population13.83 (2017)
[25/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives577 (2017)
[4/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population8.63 (2017)
[27/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments39.0% (2017)
[7/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)52.9% (2017)
[1/35countries]
% of those who trust politicians15.1% (2014)
[22/26countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally66.6% (2010)
[10/25countries]
% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption39.4% (2016)
[13/25countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest65.9% (2014)
[7/26countries]
Political party and organization
France
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics19.4% (2014)
[21/26countries]
% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices63.9% (2014)
[2/26countries]
% of those who belong to a political party5.7% (2014)
[15/26countries]
% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government4.6% (2016)
[25/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations4.28 (2014)
[7/26countries]
Parliament
France
% of those who have confidence in parliament52.5% (2008)
[16/30countries]
% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election13.7% (2016)
[17/25countries]
% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law17.9% (2014)
[14/26countries]
Political awareness
France
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)74.5% (2016)
[7/24countries]
% of those interested in politics (4 choices)57.6% (2014)
[9/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is left16.9% (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is center40.0% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is right21.0% (2014)
[10/26countries]
Average of political position5.10 (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers61.7% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who read the political content of a newspaper every day27.9% (2014)
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% of those who never read the political content of a newspaper25.1% (2014)
[10/18countries]
% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day82.2% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information2.8% (2014)
[21/26countries]
% of those who watch political news on television every day43.9% (2014)
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% of those who never watch political news on television13.0% (2014)
[3/18countries]
% of those who listen to political news on the radio every day34.5% (2014)
[2/18countries]
% of those who never listen to political news on the radio32.0% (2014)
[10/18countries]
% of those who use the Internet to obtain political news or information every day19.9% (2014)
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% of those who never use the Internet to obtain political news or information46.2% (2014)
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% of those who have expressed political views on the internet11.6% (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion48.2% (2014)
[2/26countries]
% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country60.6% (2016)
[9/25countries]
% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government19.0% (2014)
[19/26countries]
% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice26.9% (2016)
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% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think65.6% (2014)
[8/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government4.94 (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.56 (2014)
[16/26countries]
Political action
France
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law57.1% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views18.7% (2014)
[15/26countries]
% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity44.0% (2014)
[9/26countries]
% of those who have signed a petition73.8% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more4.55 (2014)
[14/26countries]
% of those who have attended a political meeting34.0% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government90.6% (2016)
[8/25countries]
% of those who have attended demonstrations47.4% (2014)
[2/26countries]
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations86.8% (2016)
[9/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings63.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings18.3% (2014)
[13/26countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views76.9% (2016)
[6/25countries]
Government
France
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 40.1% (2010)
[17/34countries]
Public officials
France
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older23.9% (2015)
[14/31countries]
% of those who trust in civil servants22.8% (2016)
[15/25countries]
% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people61.2% (2014)
[14/25countries]
% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption37.5% (2014)
[10/26countries]
% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption22.3% (2016)
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% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years87.5% (2016)
[11/25countries]
Public finance
France
General government expenditure, % of GDP57.0% (2015)
[1/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP53.4% (2015)
[4/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-3.6% (2015)
[31/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP121.1% (2015)
[6/35countries]
General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-76.1% (2015)
[25/33countries]
% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending89.1% (2016)
[1/25countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget3.24% (2016)
[12/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget2.92% (2016)
[25/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget9.94% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.68% (2016)
[13/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget1.94% (2016)
[5/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget14.35% (2016)
[17/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget2.21% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget9.57% (2016)
[26/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget43.31% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP1.82% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.65% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP5.60% (2016)
[5/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.95% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP1.09% (2016)
[1/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP8.09% (2016)
[5/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP1.25% (2016)
[12/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP5.40% (2016)
[13/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP24.42% (2016)
[2/32countries]
Tax
France
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates20.0% (2015)
[17/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)34.43% (2018)
[1/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)63 (2016)
[27/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)8.2% (2010)
[28/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)51.7% (2010)
[1/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)65.8% (2010)
[2/36countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes32.6% (2016)
[3/25countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes42.1% (2016)
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% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes85.4% (2009)
[6/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes6.17 (2014)
[11/26countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes76.6% (2016)
[12/25countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society50.7% (2016)
[12/25countries]
Social security
France
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)31.5% (2013)
[1/34countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system85.3% (2013)
[4/26countries]
% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions51.0% (2016)
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% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old96.2% (2016)
[12/25countries]
% of those who think that the government is successful in the provision of decent life for the old18.1% (2016)
[12/15countries]
% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people70.5% (2016)
[15/25countries]
% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people7.0% (2016)
[8/25countries]
% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people13.6% (2016)
[9/25countries]
% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people36.4% (2012)
[12/27countries]
% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people63.4% (2012)
[12/27countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)100 (2009)
[1/34countries]
% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 27.2% (2012)
[14/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 28.3% (2012)
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% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 27.9% (2012)
[10/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave29.6% (2012)
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% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave5.0% (2012)
[15/27countries]
% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave59.1% (2012)
[8/27countries]
% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age8.1% (2012)
[2/27countries]
% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age53.5% (2012)
[12/27countries]
% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age38.4% (2012)
[18/27countries]
% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age17.9% (2012)
[18/27countries]
% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country14.7% (2010)
[6/25countries]
% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor34.9% (2009)
[1/28countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it86.5% (2016)
[6/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.22 (2014)
[20/26countries]
Law and Justice
France
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free73.9% (2016)
[13/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)75.8% (2016)
[1/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations5.86 (2014)
[23/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts53.9% (2010)
[18/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)69.9% (2008)
[14/30countries]