A couple who wanted to name their son after a popular French cartoon character have been told they cannot, in the interests of the child.

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Court bans cartoon character name for child

A couple who wanted to name their son after a popular French cartoon character have been told they cannot, in the interests of the child.

Court bans cartoon character name for child

When the couple told officials they wanted to register their newborn son’s name as “Titeuf”, the registrar informed authorities who took the matter up in court.

“Titeuf” is the name of a popular cartoon character with a distinctive blond hairstyle.

 

The cheeky character, who is usually seen getting into trouble with his friends, was created in the early 1990s by the cartoonist Zep and became one of France’s most popular comics, selling over 1.8 million copies a year.

Regional newspaper Ouest France reported that judges described the cartoon character as “a sympathetic caricature designed to make people laugh on the grounds of his naivety and the ridiculous situations he finds himself in.”

As a result, giving this name to a child would “attract mockery” and could risk “constituting a real handicap for a child becoming an adolescent and then an adult, as well as his personal and professional relationships.”

The child has been given the more sober name of Grégory in the meantime.

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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