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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-04 11:33 AM
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48. Does France still limit your choice of first names?
The last I knew, French parents were only allowed to give their children first names from an approved list -- most of them traditional saints' names. Without a name from that list, the child could not be registered for purposes of government benefits, taxes, school, etc. The Bretons in particular, who have their own Celtic language, were up in arms about this.

It's possible this has changed in recent years -- it's hard to imagine even the French government insisting that a crop of little Moslem girls have to be named Catherine or Marie. But even if it has, France's standard approach has always involved limiting freedom of choice, not expanding it.
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