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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Conference on health and climate sets European priorities

WHO estimates that climate change will cause over 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, as a result of factors including air pollution; an increase in food-, water-, and vector-borne diseases; extreme weather events; and food insecurity. At the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate, experts from the European Region identified key priorities to build health systems’ capacity and create climate-resilient societies.

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Ministry for Social Affairs and Health
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Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2009)

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