French Town Sues Condom Company Over Name Claims

The small town of Condom, France recently sued a condom manufacturer, which attempted to claim that its condoms were actually made in the French town of 7,000 residents.

A judge overseeing the case ordered the Malaysian-based company to pay 10,000 euros ($12,600) for false advertising.

In its advertising, the firm advertised itself as “The Original Condom Company” and claimed to be from the forested town on the river Baise.

In the lawsuit, it was determined that the company’s two French owners must remove any mentions of the town’s association with the condoms.

Officials investigating the company’s claims found an address for the firm, which led to an unoccupied address to Condom.

While the town’s mayor claims it has more “advantages” to offer than the word condom, he can’t deny that thousands of mostly English speak tourists stop every single year to pose with the city’s welcome sign.

According to the mayor:

“We’re not going to hide our heads in the sand, we won’t prevent people from making a link with the name. But retreating into such notoriety can only compromise the tourism qualities of the town.”

As if the name condom is not enough for the town, the local river is named after the activity for which condoms are typically used.