French judge to hear case of boy who shares at­tacker’s name

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A French judge will hear the case of a new­born boy who was given the same name as an Is­lamic rad­i­cal who killed seven peo­ple in 2012.

The child’s name, Mo­hamed Merah, was brought to the at­ten­tion of Nice au­thor­i­ties at the be­gin­ning of the month. It’s the same name of an Is­lamist ex­trem­ist who killed seven peo­ple in at­tacks on a Jewish school and French para­troop­ers in the south-western Toulouse re­gion.

Nice mayor Philippe Pradel and re­gional pres­i­dent Chris­tian Estrosi said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the fam­ily choice of the first name “may be con­trary to the child’s in­ter­est“.

A fam­ily af­fairs judge will de­cide whether the fam­ily needs to change the first name of the child.

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