Philippe S has become the first man in the country to use a new law which allows prospective grooms to take on their bride’s surname when tying the knot.

Despite it being wholly lawful, he said that it was extremely difficult to do as too few places actually knew that it was allowed under French law.

“I contacted seven town halls, they all turned me down,” Philippe told RTL radio of his difficulties in finding a willing venue in which to get married.

“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.”

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