French mayor bars dogs called ‘Itler’ and ‘Iva’

French mayor bars dogs called 'Itler' and 'Iva'
Two American Staffordshire Terriers, but not 'Itler' and 'Iva'. Photo: Shutterstock
A mayor in eastern France has taken a principled stance by refusing to give licences to two dangerous dogs named 'Itler' and Iva' because they obviously "make you think of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun", he said.

A mayor in eastern France has refused to sign a licence for two dogs named "Itler" and "Iva" who he claims are owned by an official from France's far-right National Front.

"I don't want to sign this licence … of course 'Itler' and 'Iva' make you think of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, a dubious play on words," said Luc Binsinger, the mayor of the small town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Port.

"I have written to the local prefect to ask him what I can do. In the meantime, I'm not signing," he told AFP, adding he believed the owner of the two American Staffordshire Terriers was a local National Front official.

"It's completely mad. Stupid even," added Binsinger.

The owner had already secured an initial licence – required in France for dangerous dogs – but the names had apparently not raised eyebrows at the time.

"It's not a question of how dangerous the dogs are, it's a question of principle," said Binsinger.

Neither the local prefect nor the owner could be immediately reached for comment.

There is in theory no restrictions on naming animals in France … with one exception – you cannot call a pig Napoleon, due to a law aimed at preserving the image of the Emperor which is still on the statute books.

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