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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

All-cause mortality at age < 1 year in

France: 1816-2007

Graph showing all-cause mortality at age < 1 year in France since 1816

Colours: The coloured diamonds 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: In both sexes, the four highest infant mortality rates on record in France were, in descending order, those of 1871, 1859, 1834 and 1870. (Note: the Franco-Prussian War was fought from July 1870 to May 1871.)

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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