Mairie relents over ban on baby’s name

A couple have been told they can name their newborn son as they wish, despite having first been told the name – Fañch – was banned as the tilde ‘ñ’ in the accent was not on the French official list.

The ban by Quimper, the ‘capital of Breton culture’, left the couple ‘sad and angry’ as Fañch is a Breton name. Pro­tests sparked a mairie rethink.