French boy granted tilde to his name after two-year legal fight


When Fañch Bernard was born in May 2017, a local official refused to include on his birth certificate the tild, used in the language of the Breton people of north-west France, prompting a two-year battle through the courts, when the authorities argued that that the tilde was a 'breach of the will of our state of law to maintain the unity of the country', and which has finally ended in victory for the boy's parent's – and  the tilde.

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A two-year French legal battle over an orthographic squiggle has ended in victory for a couple granted the right to write their infant son’s Breton first name as Fañch instead of Fanch, reports The Guardian.