Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Fancy French Laws – We Wouldn’t Want The Pigs to Get a Complex

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Some recent research has turned up an interesting tidbit. Allegedly, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon…in France.

I’m going to go ahead and start off by saying that this is most likely not true.  At least not anymore.  I can certainly see it being illegal to name ANYTHING Napoleon during Napoleon’s time.  He was, needless to say, kinda sensitive.  I can’t find any legal text stating that it is illegal to name your pig (or any other farm animal) Napoleon.

In fact, loosely translated, a yahoo answers query turned this up:

“No trace of the Code Napoleon of 1855, no trace of this Act.  No jitters also a dictionary of the laws of the revolutionary period, prior to the codification of 1804.

This may be municipal or prefectural, but it is not listed on Legifrance.

It may also be a rumor.

Finally, you can call your pig “Napoleon” without any risk.”

I did say “loosely” translated.  My French isn’t perfect, and apparently neither is the best online translator’s.  It is worth noting that the antagonist of George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a pig named Napoleon.  He was the Stalin (or the Mao, for that matter) of the story – a guy (pig) so power-crazed that he made life really awful for all the other animals and was paranoid and easily duped.  The novel is a commentary on the “Stalinist corruption of the original socialist ideals.”

So, if you didn’t know that, now you do.  As for the “law,” I guess it isn’t one, but I had to research it, didn’t I?

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