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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

All-cause mortality at age 1-14 years in

France: 1900-2007

Graph showing all-cause mortality at age 1-14 in France since 1900

Colours: The coloured curves represent French males (blue) and females (red); for comparison, the light grey curves represent males (upper grey curve) and females (lower) in England & Wales.

Comment: The mortality rate for French boys quintupled between 1913 and 1915, as the First World War's western front became entrenched in northern France. The 1918 surge in deaths of both boys and girls was caused chiefly by influenza.

Method: Mortality rates were downloaded from the Human Mortality Database (see or on 4 December 2009. The plotted lines connect unsmoothed values.

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