Feb. 5, 1920.
Renewed Efforts to Increase the Birth Rate in France
J.-L. Breton, the newly appointed minister of social hygiene, social assistance and social prevision, recently submitted to the president of the republic for his signature a proposed decree providing for the establishment of a Conseil supérieur de la natalité, whose duty it shall be to investigate and promote all measures that may serve to combat the decrease in population, to increase the birth rate, to aid child welfare, and to give added protection to large families. In giving the reasons that moved him to propose this decree, the minister refers to the many serious disadvantages that result from the low birth rate in France, especially in view of the fact that the war has deprived France of at least 2,000,000 young men. This serious situation in France, he stated, had already been the subject of much study. It