France

Faith in Government over Faith in Religion

Sixty percent of French Millennials believe that it should primarily be the government, not the private sector, that is concerned with solving their country’s problems

Much like most of Europe, France’s Millennials are not very satisfied with life in general or with the economy. Regarding the economy, these Millennials’ rate of satisfaction falls just below the average of the 23 countries covered in the research, which can likely be attributed to some remaining bad figures on French unemployment and the looming threat of inflation.

 

More than one-third of the Millennials in France find their health to be very good in general, which is one of the highest perceptions of good health in both Europe and the Americas. On the other hand, less than half feel a strong sense of accomplishment from what they do in life, which is below the survey average.

 

More than half of French Millennials agree that they feel free to live how they want; however, just 17% feel optimism about the future. Only the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and Japan report lower levels of optimism.

 

Regarding social values, only half of French Millennials need to feel that they have achieved a level of social success that is recognized by others, which is one of the lowest rates in the world, along with Spain, Turkey and Japan. French Millennials equally agree with the statement I would prefer to do work that is in the public interest (57%, one of the highest reported results).

 

Sixty percent of French Millennials believe that it should primarily be the government, not the private sector, that is concerned with solving their country’s problems, which indicates that the current economic conditions are still perceived to mostly be the responsibility of the government.

 

A minority of French Millennials believe in patriarchal family structure, with 42% stating that the father of the family must be the master in his own house. For comparison, this is the fifth lowest agreement level among the countries surveyed.

 

Religious faith is an issue for relatively few French Millennials. Less than four in ten consider themselves to be a member of a religious faith, with only Spain and Japan reporting lower levels. Risk-taking, on the other hand, is quite common among French Millennials. While the proportion of those being prepared to take great risks in life in order to get what they want is 75% in Mexico, it is 53% in France and only 30% in Japan.

 

Social responsibility and solidarity is important as well. Sixty-eight percent of French Millennials agree that they have a personal responsibility to help those worse off than them, which is one of the highest scores of the European-surveyed countries.

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