Worrying news from France this week is that a far-right polemicist has called for a ban on “foreign-sounding names” such as Muhammad, Jordan and, perhaps the most divisive of them all, Kevin.

His name is Eric Zemmour, who, according to The Times this week, is considering a run for the French presidency, having made a, er, name “for himself by calling for curbs on immigration and measures to force immigrant families — and, notably, Muslims — to adopt traditional French customs and culture”. ..

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