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Condoms from Condom banned by court

17th March 2011

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Luxury condoms claiming to be from the French town of Condom have been banned by a French court.

A company set up by a descendant of King Louis XIV have been banned from selling luxury condoms described as from the south western French town.

A court in nearby Bordeaux ceased "the continued sale of condoms under the brand 'The Original Condom from Condom, France,'" said Caroline Lampre, lawyer for the picturesque town of 7,500.

"It is clear that the use of the name, the image and the renown of the town of Condom, without its knowledge, for entirely commercial ends (is) manifestly illicit," said the judge's ruling, seen by AFP.

Since 2009 French royal descendant Charles-Emmanuel de Bourbon Parme and count Gil de Bizemont have been selling their "luxury eco-friendly" prophylactics mainly in the United States.

The company has its headquarters in the medieval town although the contraceptives themselves are manufactured in rubber-rich Malaysia.

The town brought the case after Condom Mayor Bernard Gallado learned about the condoms from media reports.

The river Baise (French slang for sex) runs through the popular tourist town which feared the opening of a condom boutique in Condom itself.

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