Thursday, June 30, 2011

MLP Wants Christian Names for French Children

Marine Le Pen wants the first names of children born in France to be taken from the calendar of Christian saints, as in the past. This, she claims, always functioned as an "aid to assimilation." (h/t NV) Hmm. Steeve Briois, her party's no. 2, may be named after St. Stephen, but his name isn't particularly French. And Bruno Gollnisch may be named after St. Bruno, but it's not exactly Jean-Baptiste. On the other hand, it isn't Mohammed or Moïse, so I guess it has the proper "assimilative" quality. Gosh, even "Marine" might not pass muster if Marine becomes president. To be sure, she was born Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen, but if she had wanted to be a true daughter of the eldest daughter of the Church, mightn't she have chosen a "real" French name, like, say, Martine or François or Nicolas?

6 comments:

thisnameisinuse said...

I find that Celtic surname a little suspicious. Sounds like she might harbour some sort of separatist tendencies.

Kirk said...

You laugh, but this was the case not long ago. Any mairie employee could reject a first name if they wanted. Parents started going to court, and the system was changed. When my son was born, in 1990, I was actually a bit worried that they would cause trouble because his name, while French (Perceval), is not on the calender.

MYOS said...

There used to be a "French calendar" and a "Foreign calendar" registration at the Mairie. This incensed people from Brittany who wanted to call their kids Erwan or Maiwenn since they had to register in the "foreigner" list!

MYOS said...

BTW, "Kévin" is now the go-to name for "non-muslim working class boy" so I don't see how this would have any traction, unless she exempts all American and Regional names from her wrath.

Louis said...

Did someone say "transparent effort to pack an islamophobic move into respectable worries for minority integration and the state of the nation"?

I don't see what else to comment really.

bernard said...

At least her father was openly antisemitic and racist. She advances behind a veil with precisely the same opinions and program. Beware the devil that wears sheep's clothes.