16 January 2008

Girl on a Motorcycle

No, not the Alain Delon/Marianne Faithful movie - just a little girl on her father's motorbike. This was taken near to the church of St. Devote.

Talking of children and parents, Nice-Matin is reporting today on INSEE, which is the National Institute for Statistics. In their latest census they report that one child in two is born outside of wedlock in France. I've no idea of the statistics for Monaco. Do you know the statistics in your country?

9 comments:

alice said...

I hope they have helmets...I didn't know the word "wedlock" (like many other English words...) and it's the first time i see a gold hippo!

Jilly said...

Alice, I didn't see any helmets but perhaps they had them.

Wedlock is perhaps a rather old-fashioned word - I could easily have used the word marriage.

On Menton today, I used the word 'methinks' but then I was in a medieval village!

I just love words, don't you?

Steffe said...

I have no idea. And how many of those marriages last? Fifty percent?

Anonymous said...

In the US it's about 40%, according to Fox News.

Pat said...

Cute picture. In Canada, I've heard about 40% out of wedlock. It's sad.

Pat

Guelph Daily Photo, Pat's Photo-a-Day

Ann (MobayDP) said...

I'm sure it's probably 1.75 out of 2 in Jamaica.

On another note I just love the colours on that lady: camel and grey. I love her boots too! And her dress...and...well...I wish she'd just give me the whole outfit! :-D

Clarice said...

That is surprising because the French are usually so conservative and it wouldn't just be a question of religion because you HAVE to have a civil wedding here.

Rambling Round said...

Nice family-type photo. I am not sure of the stats in the U.S., but I don't think they are quite that high. But I could be wrong!

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Sally said...

I did a bit of a Google. In 1994 it was 26% in Australia. In 2005 it was 32.2%. However, the proportion of all exnuptial births where paternity was not acknowledged decreased from 74.2% in 1975 to 10.0% in 2005.

Most exnuptial births are to couples in stable, defacto relationships. As well, same-sex couples, who are not able to marry in Australia (although many would like to) are recorded as ex-nuptial births. There are very few teenage pregnancies, which is what many people think of when referring to babies born outside marriage. In this we differ widely from the United States, for example. Ready availability of contraception, mandatory sex education in schools and availability of abortion makes a difference. I suspect it is similar in France.

It's a product of the fact that the law finally recognises the rights of people and affords couples and their children in families outside formal marriage mostly the same rights as those who are formally married.

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