A far-right Italian party is offering 1,500 euros to parents who name their children after the fascist dictator Mussolini or his wife.
The small Movimento Sociale-Fiamma Tricolore (MS-FT) party denies its gesture is racist and says the names Benito and Rachele are merely “nice”.
The cash incentive is available in five areas of southern Italy and is designed to help the region’s low birth rate.
Together the names Benito and Rachele mean only one thing to Italians – they signify their former dictator and his wife.
But the party says the choice of names is what it called “purely casual”.
At least one parent has to be Italian. Just in case the question of nationality came to mind.