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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

All-cause mortality at age < 1 year in

France: 1900-2007

Graph showing all-cause mortality at age < 1 year 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: French infant mortality increased during the Second World War, peaking first in 1940, and then, at an even higher level, in 1945. The infant mortality rates in 1945 were two-thirds higher than the rates in 1939, and similar to those in 1910.

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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