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At 17:33 15/06/2003 +0200, you wrote:
>En réponse à John Cowan :
>
>
>>Is "obelisque" the common name in French for U+2020, the cross-shaped
>>symbol that is usually called a "dagger" (but occasionally an "obelisk")
>>in English?
>
>Not that I know of. But I don't know how they call that sign in French, so
>it could be called that way without me knowing...
>

Surely it's a reference to "Obelisk" = "large stone monument", which Obelix
is never seen without (a menhir, in his case). I've always assumed that
Asterix gets his name because he's the star...

Pete