There used to be up to 979 applications per month, in April 2014. However, at the end of 2015, the fee was doubled, climbing to 2,000 euros. Since them, the number of applications plummeted, to reach between 100 and 200 now.
"The price is, without doubt, one of the reasons of this decline", admits Bellot. If you would like to apply for one at a reduced price, it's best to wait until autumn, when the legal frame has been finished.