A football mad couple in France have been barred from naming their son “Griezmann Mbappe” after first facing legal troubles with the authorities in November last year.
A family judge in the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde stripped the infant of his two first names, nearly five months after his birth, the local town council told news agency AFP. His parents have decided to call him Dany Noe instead.
The parents wished to pay tributes to France’s World Cup-winning heroes Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.
The authorities, who are tasked with ensuring children’s names, had raised flag to the prosecutors on the case, claiming the eye-catching name could create trouble in the life of the child.
Griezmann was one of the best players for Les Bleus at the World Cup tournament in Russia, as he scored four goals in the tournament.
Teenage sensation Mbappe also had an impressive showing, also scoring 4 goals, and winning the Young Player of the Tournament award for his performance.
French families are 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.
Other names to have run afoul of the law in France in recent years include “Jihad”.