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More French Couples Going Unwed

Posted on Nov 21, 2006
French going unwed
From Molly Moore / The Washington Post

Sandrine Folet and Lucas Titouh, in their Paris apartment with children Lola and Tom, are part of a growing trend away from marriage.

Marriage rates in France are about 45 percent below U.S. levels. Whence the trend? Theories: This (French) generation’s nearly universal rejection of religion, and a massive migration to more independent-friendly urban areas.

  • Despite warnings from religious conservatives, society hasn’t crumbled in tandem with marriage rates.

  • Also, out-of-wedlock births are up in the U.S.—and not only to teens, but to mothers choosing to put off marriage.

  • Washington Post:

    PARIS—Sandrine Folet and Lucas Titouh have two children, a stylish Paris apartment and a 15-year-old partnership.

    They have no intention of getting married.

    “We don’t feel the need to get married,” said Folet, 36, who has known Titouh, 40, since she was a teenager. “I don’t know many people in our age group who are married.”


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    By GW=MCHammered, November 22, 2006 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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    Get religion, politics and lawyers (controllers all) out of marriage and let union thrive. Don’t much need you when/if the union dissolves either.

    It’s nice to hear that the French and we (usa) Americans share more than just being ultranationalistic. ‘Cause the way we argue, you’d think we were married!

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    By C Quil, November 22, 2006 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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    Fifty-four percent of marriages end in divorce. You can bet that a huge number of the still married wish they could be otherwise. The horrors of lawyers, courts, custody battles and character assassination that comes with dividing the spoils, as well as the huge expense, probably keeps those together who would rather not be.

    So there is a majority failure rate in this institution that our society is supposedly based on.

    Would you fly in a plane that had a 54-(?)75% failure rate?

    Would you even buy a pair of shoes with such a dismal resiliency record?

    We have only this life on earth, and so many spend so much of it in this misery.

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    By harald hardrada, November 22, 2006 at 5:56 am Link to this comment
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    folks knew how to have & raise kids long before city-states burst on the scene together with organized religion—this weakening of ‘official’ marriage may be a sign that not only religion but states are losing their grip—the reactive flourishing of fundies in christianity, islam & judaism may be the prelude to their downfall, just as team bush’s deluded warmongering is the final convulsion of america

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    By Bukko in Australia, November 22, 2006 at 5:22 am Link to this comment
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    When I first scanned the headline I thought it was about French couples going unWASHED! Now that I would have expected…

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    By Ken, November 22, 2006 at 4:12 am Link to this comment
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    The French are leaders when it comes to showing how decadent society can become and has no sense of morality !
    No one wants marriage because no one wants to be legally responsible to one another anymore !
    It is a society of sex and hedonistic life styles and everything goes existence !
    God has been declared dead and man has made a god of himself !
    No wonder France is no longer a world power ! It’s society is breaking down and going to ruin !
    If the USA keeps on the same course, it to will fall !
    God help us all !

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    By Spinoza, November 21, 2006 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment
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    The world would be better off if there was a high degree of equality between the sex’s and the woman were the “seducers”

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    By Spinoza, November 21, 2006 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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    Marriage is wrong.  Sex is good.  Peace is good.

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