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Guillaume Cuchet: "From infant mortality to 'life expectancy in good health', the story of a revolution


TRIBUNE - Opponents of pension reform argue that healthy life expectancy is "only" 65 years. The professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne recalls the different stages of a spectacular elongation that changes...

Guillaume Cuchet is preparing a book on the history of attitudes towards death in contemporary times.

Last book published: "Does Catholicism still have a future in France?"

(Threshold, 2021).

The issue of pensions has put the notion of life expectancy back at the center of public discussion, and more particularly that which has become common over the past ten years, of life expectancy "in good health" or "without disability".

To the government's argument which puts forward the extension of life expectancy as one of the main reasons justifying the postponement of the retirement age, the opponents of the reform reply that life expectancy "in good health", it does not go much beyond 65 years, so that the real gain would be more limited than it seems.

Life expectancy is, along with the age pyramid, one of the most fascinating indices for the historian or the sociologist.

The history of attitudes towards life and death is, in large part, a derivative...

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Source: lefigaro

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