French court steps in when parents give kid a Vampire Diaries name

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Nov 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EST

Apparently there's just not enough crime in France, since its courts have time to meddle in what their citizens can and can't name their children. Which is exactly what they did when a couple wanted to name their son after a character from The Vampire Diaries.

Lionel and Blandine Defontaine decided that they wanted to name their son after Damon, Ian Somerhalder's character on Vampire Diaries—but they're spelling it Daemon, inserting the "e" for added Frenchness. But, apparently there's a law on the Gallic books that prevents parents from choosing names that would run "contrary to the interests of a child."

Prosecutors took the Defontaines to court, hoping to force them to change the name because of its perceived demonic overtones. Since sanity had to make an appearance at some point in this story, the court ruled to let Daemon be Daemon.

Merde alors! Perhaps the French should steer clear of jurisprudence and just stick to providing the world with rich food and beautiful women.

(Upi via Jezebel)