An instrumental music band in a mountainous region in northern France is getting a lot of flak after it posted on Facebook that its members were calling a French-sounding name for a French instrument called the “mountain.”
The band, Mountain and Mountain, said the name was “inappropriate” and that the band members have spoken to their management and are taking the matter into consideration.
The French name for the instrument is the mountain, and it is often referred to as a mountain or hill.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, the band said it “wanted to express our feelings of regret and disappointment to French listeners,” adding that it had not asked for permission for the name change.
French authorities have issued a ban on the use of the name in any way, saying it was inappropriate.
In France, a mountain is a mountain of rock, often with a ridge or other elevation.
French law prohibits using a name that is not part of the traditional French language.
The Mountain and Mountains’ Facebook post said the band’s name had been used in France since the early 19th century and that they had used the French name “sous-côté” in the past.
But it was the French pronunciation of the word “mountaineer” that was upsetting to the band, the post said.
“This is very problematic and I think it is offensive,” the band wrote.
“We have used the mountain name for some time, and we have always been respectful and used the correct French pronunciation.”
It also said that the French word for mountain is “même,” which means “mountainside.”
A spokeswoman for the band declined to comment on the post.
The post came after French media outlets reported that French authorities had issued a formal ban on using the name, which has been used since the 19th Century.
A local official in the French-speaking mountain town of Lorient, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of Paris, told Le Parisien newspaper that the authorities had warned the band that the name could “trigger social tension.”
Lorient has a population of around 4,000 people.