The first baby born in France this year has lesbian parents. Britain’s The Telegraph reports that baby Sacha was born between midnight and 12.01 am on January 1 in the French town of Moulin, making her the nation’s first recorded baby of 2013.

Sacha’s parents – reported as birth mother Maude and her partner Delphine – are hoping to get married when the French government’s plans for marriage equality are implemented this year.  Sacha was born as the result of artificial insemination in Belgium because same-sex couples are still restricted from accessing the technology in France.

The French government detailed its plans on introducing marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples in the country in September last year.

Same-sex couples will be able to become legal guardians of their partner’s biological child under the new laws. But local rights advocates have criticised a decision not to extend to state-funded artificial insemination to lesbian couples with the bill.

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