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Gérard-François Dumont

increase of population. The first cause for the increase in the population of cities is, of course, the demographic transition. The decline in mortality – of infants, children and women during childbirth in particular – improves the survival and life expectancy rates of city and town dwellers, and therefore augments the urban population. Contrary to the anxiety concerning the further worsening of the situation in London The London conurbation had more than 8 million of inhabitants in 2015, so more than twenty times more than in 1662 (384 000). expressed in 1662 by