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Parents banned from naming child after France's World Cup stars

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Parents banned from naming child after France's World Cup stars
French forwards Kylian Mbappe (L) and Antoine Griezmann (R) pose with two younger fans. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand AFP
17:31 CET+01:00
A football-mad couple in south-west France have been barred from naming their son "Griezmann Mbappe" after two of the stars of France's World Cup-winning team.
A family judge in the central town of Brive-la-Gaillarde stripped the infant of his two first names, nearly five months after his birth, the local town council told AFP. His parents have decided to call him Dany Noe instead.
   
French families are now free to choose first names -- up until 1993 they had to pick from an approved list -- but local authorities can still refer parents to prosecutors if their choices are seen as damaging for the child.
 
A local official who deemed that "Griezmann Mbappe" -- after Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe -- was "contrary to the child's interest" referred the case to the public prosecutor.
 
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The French baby names the law wouldn't allow

The rules on naming of French babies were relaxed in 1993, but there are still plenty of restrictions on what parents can name their children.
 
Foreign names and a shortened version of traditional names are now allowed, but any name with an apostrophe or the sideways 'n' tilde accent are banned.
 
Parents may not bestow a name on a child which is "contrary to the best interests of the child", according to Article 57 of the Civil Code.    
 
Names to have run afoul of the law in France in recent years include Jihad and Nutella. 
   
Best known in France as the term for an Islamic holy war, "jihad" can also mean a personal and non-violent struggle against sin for Muslims.
 
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