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French woman vows to take fight to marry ex-stepson to Europe court

Published on Jun 12, 2014 8:10 PM

METZ (AFP) - A woman who wants to marry her former stepson but cannot do so under French law vowed on Thursday to take her fight right up to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

Mr Eric Holder, 45, and Ms Elisabeth Lorentz, 48, appeared in court in the northeastern city of Metz in a bid to overturn a law stipulating that parents and their children - whether natural or not - cannot marry.

The law states that exceptions to the rule can be made by presidential decree for unions like the one envisaged by Holder and Lorentz, but only if they have the blessing of the person through whom they are linked.

In this case, that would be Mr Holder's father and Ms Lorentz's ex-husband, who is now dead.

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