The French government originally implemented civil unions for the sake of homosexual couples, but 75% of all new French civil unions are done by heterosexuals. Civil unions are gaining in popularity so much it is predicted that civil unions may overtake marriage in France.
According to the article the French have a strong secular attitude in their culture and the fact that civil unions, unlike marriage, are not associated with Christianity is a plus for many French couples. French Civil Unions are also favored by many divorce weary people. French Civil Unions provide all of the legal protections of marriage, but can be dissolved in under an hour.
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