French court tells couple they can’t call girl “Liam”

What’s in a name? Quite a lot according to French courts (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 March 2018
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French court tells couple they can’t call girl “Liam”

DUBAI: A French court has told a couple they cannot name their little girl “Liam” because it is too masculine, website The Local reported.
The court stepped in and told the parents the name “would be likely to create a risk of gender confusion,” the report explained, adding it would be “therefore contrary to the interest of the child and could harm her in her social relations.”

Now the prosecution has asked the court to rule that the parents be banned from choosing the name “Liam” for their little girl.

If they fail, then the prosecution has requested the court judge name the child instead.

Apparently, the registrar mother had already been challenged by the registrar over her name choice, the day after the child’s birth, when the registrar suggested a more feminine name was picked.

French parents were required to choose a name from a formally agreed list up until 1993, but this was abolished by President François Mitterrand.
But courts still retain the right to ban names if it is deemed to be in the child’s interest.


Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

Updated 10 December 2018
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Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

  • The competition will be held in Thailand on Dec. 16
  • Miss ­Lebanon and Miss Egypt are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe

DUBAI: Miss Lebanon and Miss Egypt are set to represent the Middle East at Dec. 16’s Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

Miss ­Lebanon, Maya Reaidy, and Miss Egypt, Nariman Khaled, are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe, which will see 93 contestants smile, wave, sashay and generally delight the crowd next week.

The show is set to be hosted by US comedian Steve Harvey, who in 2016 made international headlines in a hilarious, cringe-worthy slip-up where he announced the wrong winner.

Harvey will be joined — perhaps saved — on stage by US model Ashley Graham.

Reaidy is a pharmacy student at the Lebanese American University, while Khaled is studying business information systems in Egypt.