Jihad: Toulouse boy’s name leads to France dilemma

Source: BBC News

Is it acceptable to name your baby “Jihad” in France, which has suffered Europe’s worst Islamist terror attacks in recent years?

France’s chief prosecutor now has to wrestle with that question after a couple’s chosen name for their son was referred by authorities in Toulouse.

In turn, the French judge for family issues may have to rule on the case.

“Jihad” in Arabic means “effort” or “struggle”, not specifically “holy war”.

French law does not restrict parents’ name choices for their children, provided a name does not harm the child’s interests and is not opposed by other family members on reputational grounds.

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