A football loving couple in south-west France have been barred from naming their son “Griezmann Mbappe” after two of the stars of France’s World Cup-winning team. A family judge in the central town of Brive-la-Gaillarde stripped the infant of his two first names, nearly five months after his birth, the local town council told reporters.
His parents have decided to call him Dany Noe instead.
French families are now free to choose first names — up until 1993 they had to pick from an approved list — but local authorities can still refer parents to prosecutors if their choices are seen as damaging for the child.
A local official who deemed that “Griezmann Mbappe” — after Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe — was “contrary to the child’s interest” referred the case to the public prosecutor.
Other names to have run afoul of the law in France in recent years include “Jihad”.
Best known in France as the term for an Islamic holy war, “jihad” can also mean a personal and non-violent struggle against sin for Muslims.
Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe played a key role in firing Les Bleus to the World Cup, 20 years on from their victory on home soil in 1998. The pair each scored four goals at the tournament, including a goal apiece in the final against Croatia.
Griezmann restored France’s lead from the penalty spot after Ivan Perisic had cancelled out Mario Mandzukic’s own goal, sparking jubilant scenes in Paris. After Paul Pogba added a third for France, Mbappe all but cemented the trophy for them with a goal of his own:
In light of the ruling, it seems any French parents hoping to pay tribute to the duo will have to settle for using “Antoine” or “Kylian.”