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French moms may say, “Viva la France,” but would we actually want to live in France? French women are notorious for being fit and fabulous regardless of diet and lifestyle. And according to a recent New York Times article, that includes new mothers -- but these moms don’t do it on their own. In fact, the French government subsidizes nearly everything, including nursery schools and after-care, four-month maternity leave, tax cuts with per-child stipends and one-on-one vaginal and abdominal workout sessions. Yep, you read that right -- the French government wants its moms happy, healthy and ready to reproduce again quickly. (One possible explanation why is to populate the country after losing so many lives to war.) France invests a lot of money in its future -- and like Whitney Houston, they believe the children are their future.
So what's the problem? Unfortunately, as the article points out, the country doesn't seem to believe in equal pay for women or encouraging women to take government and upper-echelon jobs. French women earn about 26 percent less than French men do -- and their culture expects them to do many more domestic tasks, such as child rearing, cooking, cleaning and working. Apparently, they're familiar with the same “Super Mom” expectations many of us American moms feel we have to live up to.
But, occupation discrepancies aside, I think French women have got it pretty good. Having free childcare starting at the age of 3 and basically getting a monthly payment for having children sounds like a pretty decent gig. Plus, let’s not forget the assistance the government gives to getting your body back into shape. I say, bring on the eclairs!
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