French parents name their child 'Jihad' ... get reported to police

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A French couple from the south west have been reported to authorities for calling their baby "Jihad".

The parents want to name their baby "Jihad".

In November 2016, a controversy similar has arisen in Nice when a couple has made a decision to call his child, Mohamed Merah.

But officials immediately alerted the public prosecutor, who is now challenging the name in the family court because of its links to terrorism.

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Aderrahmane Oumachar co-founder of the Toulouse Centre of Muslim Spirituality told The Local of France Jihad is a "fundamental concept in Islam" which refers to "the effort to achieve good". If the judge considers the name unsuitable for the child, he may propose another name, the article adds.

The couple, who have not been identified, have claimed that "jihad" does not mean "Holy War", but rather effort, struggle and self-denial, the Mirror reported.

A mother in the city of Nimes was given a suspended jail term and a $2,353 fine in 2013 after she let her son wear a T-shirt to school which bore the words "I am a bomb" and "Jihad, born on Sepetember 11".

In November a year ago, the mayor's office in the Riviera city of Nice referred a family to the authorities after they gave their son the same name as Mohamed Merah, the gunman who killed seven people in 2012.

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Parents in France have been free to choose a child's name since 1993, but the authorities have the right to intervene if they believe the name could be detrimental to the child.

In previous cases, other boys have been allowed to keep that name in France.

In the past, names such as "Nutella", "Fraise" and "Mini-Cooper" have been rejected by judges, according to Actu.fr.

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