Friday, April 11, 2008

What is a name

I have lived my whole life in France, at least until now, as "XXXXXX, No First Name (NFN)". Yes, you have it right, it is written black on white "NFN", "XXXXXX" being taken as my family name.

Why on Earth would I want to have it like that? Because everyone has to have a family name in this country and if you don't then French bureaucracy would gladly put what you have as family name. Why? Because computers won't work if you don't put anything in the family name box. French computer software is so smart that they even refuse '-'.
That is how I end up as Miss NFN XXXXXX for the past 8 years.

By the way, be careful, the uppercase is important and it must be written exactly this way.


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