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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Launch of Global Health and Education UNESCO Chair

Pressing issues around the health of children and young people across the globe are to be addressed by a newly formed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Global Health and Education, focusing on health education and promotion.

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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