French baby boy banned from having name containing tilde

Brittany court rules name’s spelling cannot feature non-French characters (ñ) even though region has its own language

A French court has banned a couple from giving their baby a name containing a tilde, ruling that the character ñ was incompatible with national law.

The couple from Brittany wanted to call their newborn boy Fañch, a traditional name in the northwestern region which has its own language.

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