WHAT’S IN A NAME?
A French court has banned a couple from giving their baby a name which includes the tilde accent (ñ), as it does not comply with French law. The Breton couple wanted to call their baby boy ‘Fañch’, but the courts have ruled that the name cannot include non-French characters.
“The principle according to which babies’ names are chosen by their mothers and fathers must have limits when it comes to using a spelling which includes a character unrecognised by the French language,” the court in Quimper ruled, despite the fact the region has its own language. The baby’s parents are adamant that their battle isn’t over: “He will have his tilde, that’s for sure,” the baby’s father said.