Yeah, it sounds unlikely, but a French pal of mine assures me that there is indeed a French place called ‘Mort-aux-Juives’ or ‘Mort-aux-Juifs’ or ‘Mors-aux-Juifs’ or however you want to contract it. He says the name dates from medieval times and so can’t be changed for ‘heritage’ reasons.
Can any one debunk this? Googling on ‘mort aux juives’ really doesn’t help. I know there’s a Jewry Street or something similar in London dating from the same period but that’s not quite the same thing.
On a similar topic, does anyone know of any other non-PC placenames, and whether or not they’ve been changed to make them more salubrious - a n*gger creek in the US or anything?