The first baby in France to be born in 2013 was by a lesbian couple, although current inequality means only one of the parents has formal legal recognition in relation to the child.

A baby boy, named Sacha, was born on the morning of New Year’s Day between midnight and a minute past midnight at the Moulins Hospital Centre, in central France, the hospital announced.

The birth mother, only referred to as Maude, has been in a relationship with her partner, Delphine, since 2010, according to the regional newspaper La Montagne.

Under current French laws, Delphine has no legal status in relation to the child.

The couple are hopeful that the French Parliament will soon pass a law allowing same-sex marriage in the country so they can get married.

A bill is expected to be introduced into the parliament later this month, although it does not address the question of medically assisted procreation.

Maude had to go to a Belgian sperm bank in order to be artificially inseminated, because gay couples are not able to do so in France.

In December, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris, in support of the government’s decision to legalise equal marriage.