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A HUSBAND from Lyon has become the first man in France to take his wife's surname under a new gender equality law.

Civil servants could only offer him a double-barrelled name merging his current one plus his wife's

But the 37-year-old, who married in September, first had to cross an administrative minefield with his request rejected seven times because officials were unaware the law existed.

He said he finally had to print a copy of the law from a government website before he could be renamed.

"I contacted seven town halls, they all turned me down. They checked several times the boxes they could tick on their computer systems and said it was simply impossible to change it to my wife's," he told RTL radio.

The man from Lyon

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I didn't take my wife's surname and vice-versa.

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Wow... that wasn't possible in France for so long?

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I never understood why a woman had to take the man's last name -- I guess to make her his property.

Odd that they passed a new Law, but didn't redo the computer software.

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Wuss.

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