Itīs a boy - itīs a girl
France is the champion of Europe. For the first time in twenty years France reached first place on the Old Continent: 1,89 children per woman in 2000. Ireland and Norway follow and far behind these countries we find England, Spain, Germany and Italy.
The National Institute for Demographique Studies worked out that in 2000 with 779.000 babies France had the highest birth rate in Europe.
Reason enough to issue two stamps on 23.02.2002. A rose one for the girls and a blue one for the boys.
Bees are chosen for the stamps because of their intelligence and liveliness; of their contribution to nature and pollination; of their products.On the "garcon" stamp is pictured a drone and on the "'fille" stamp a queen bee.
by Jan de Crom
taken from "The Postal Bee" 2/2003
Contact Group Bee Philately