Regulation of the health care system in France is conducted by the statutory health insurance funds and the state, which consists of the parliament, the government and ministries. The life expectancy at birth in France is close to average for males in Europe and above average for women. However, tobacco smoking rates remain high in France with statistics indicating 32% of men and 26% of women smoke daily. In 2012, a report in France called for action to reduce adult smoking rates to 15% by 2025.

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France becomes one of the first countries in Region to recommend colour-coded nutrition labelling system

France’s recent decision to recommend the Nutri-Score system, a straightforward labelling system that uses colour codes to guide consumers at a glance on the nutritional value of food products, marks an important achievement for nutrition in the WHO European Region. It will build on other ongoing efforts in the country to create healthy food environments.

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Ministry of health

Ministry for Solidarity and Health
14, avenue Duquesne
Paris 07 SP 75350
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 40 56 60 00, +33 1 40 566000
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Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2009)

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