THE French government is set to announce a number of incentives to encourage more women to have babies, in particular those who have pursued a career.
Plans to offer payments of up to €1,000 a month to mothers and other benefits are to be discussed at a conference.
The event is to be hosted by the Union Nationale des Associations Familiales (UNAF) who say that working women in particular need to be targeted to ensure population growth in France remains strong.
Earlier this year the national statistics office said that France was likely to be the most populous country over the next few decades as it experiences a baby boom.
But UNAF claim that as women wait longer to have their first child more efforts need to be made to ensure they go on to have another one or two more.
Under the new proposals a parent who takes time off from work for a third child would receive a boosted monthly grant for one year.
The amount has not been fixed, but UNAF is pushing for between 700 and 1,000 euros, according to newspaper reports.
And parents may also receive other incentives in addition to the current travel subsidies that may include cut-price domestic goods and cheaper entry to leisure facilities.