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

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.

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
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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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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