A far-right party is offering 1,500 euros ($1,900) to parents in southern Italian villages who name their children Benito or Rachele after the Mussolinis.
An official in the neo-Fascist Fiamma Tricolore party, Vincenzo Mancusi, says they are nice names. He says the initiative is a way to pay homage to his party's roots and keep alive names that are rarely used.
Mancusi said Tuesday the bonus applies to five villages in the Basilicata region where birth rates are especially low. Designed as an incentive, it applies to babies who are born in 2009. More...