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Corinne Fesseau, the owner of the French seat Maurice has won her legal battle for the & # 39; singing right & # 39; of the animal after new neighbors complained that the bird woke them up every day
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The owner of the famous French cock Maurice came out today as the victor in a legal battle with her neighbors over his early morning crows, with a court upholding the bird's right to sing in the day.

The case brought by the neighbors of Maurice & # 39; s owner Corinne Fesseau, has made headlines worldwide, seen as symptomatic of the tensions in the countryside between rural people and holiday home owners.

& # 39; Maurice won and the plaintiffs must pay his owner € 1,000 in damages & # 39 ;, said Fesseau's lawyer, Julien Papineau.

Fesseau had told the court in Rochefort, western France, that no one near her house on the picturesque Atlantic island of Oleron had ever complained about Maurice before a few retirees bought a holiday home next door.

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Corinne Fesseau, the owner of the French seat Maurice has won her legal battle for the & # 39; singing right & # 39; of the animal after new neighbors complained that the bird woke them up every day

Corinne Fesseau, the owner of the French seat Maurice has won her legal battle for the & # 39; singing right & # 39; of the animal after new neighbors complained that the bird woke them up every day

The case has made headlines worldwide, seen as symptomatic of the tensions in rural areas between rural people and holiday home owners

The case has made headlines worldwide, seen as symptomatic of the tensions in rural areas between rural people and holiday home owners

The case has made headlines worldwide, seen as symptomatic of the tensions in rural areas between rural people and holiday home owners

After complaining that his crows woke him up, she made several attempts to silence him, including placing black sheets around his chicken coop to make him think that that morning had not yet broken – all without result.

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& # 39; I am speechless, & # 39; Fesseau said Thursday, adding: “It's a win for everyone in the same situation as me. I hope it sets a precedent for them. & # 39;

The case has become a national celebre case, with 140,000 people signing a & # 39; Save Maurice & # 39; petition or displaying his photo proudly at & # 39; Let Me Sing & # 39; T-shirts.

Critics saw the trial as part of a broader threat to France's sacred rural heritage by outsiders and city dwellers who could not or would not understand the reality of rural life.

Fesseau had told the court in Rochefort, western France, that no one near her house on the picturesque Atlantic island of Oleron had ever complained about Maurice before a few retirees bought a holiday home next door

Fesseau had told the court in Rochefort, western France, that no one near her house on the picturesque Atlantic island of Oleron had ever complained about Maurice before a few retirees bought a holiday home next door

Fesseau had told the court in Rochefort, western France, that no one near her house on the picturesque Atlantic island of Oleron had ever complained about Maurice before a few retirees bought a holiday home next door

The case has become a national celebre case, with 140,000 people signing a & # 39; Save Maurice & # 39; petition or displaying his photo proudly at & # 39; Let Me Sing & # 39; T-shirts
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The case has become a national celebre case, with 140,000 people signing a & # 39; Save Maurice & # 39; petition or displaying his photo proudly at & # 39; Let Me Sing & # 39; T-shirts

The case has become a national celebre case, with 140,000 people signing a & # 39; Save Maurice & # 39; petition or displaying his photo proudly at & # 39; Let Me Sing & # 39; T-shirts

& # 39; This is the high point of intolerance – you have to accept local traditions & # 39 ;, Christophe Sueur, the mayor in the village of Saint-Pierre-d & Oleron, in Fesseau, told AFP.

The plaintiffs were a few retired farmers from the Haute-Vienne region of central France.

In many rural areas in France, some villagers hate richer city dwellers buying property in declining farming villages, who have contributed to the fierce & # 39; yellow vest & # 39; anti-government protests that erupted in the country last November.

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The mayor of southwestern Gajac, Bruno Dionis, wrote a furious open letter in May to defend the rights of church bells to call, cows to roar and donkeys to roar in rural France.

In many rural areas in France, some villagers hate richer city dwellers buying property in declining farming villages, who have contributed to the fierce & # 39; yellow vest & # 39; anti-government protests that erupted in the country last November

In many rural areas in France, some villagers hate richer city dwellers buying property in declining farming villages, who have contributed to the fierce & # 39; yellow vest & # 39; anti-government protests that erupted in the country last November

In many rural areas in France, some villagers hate richer city dwellers buying property in declining farming villages, who have contributed to the fierce & # 39; yellow vest & # 39; anti-government protests that erupted in the country last November

Dionis du Sejour has asked the government to put the noises on the French heritage list.

Maurice and his owner are not the only ones who disrupt springs. This week, a woman in the heart of the Landes duck farm was sued by a newcomer who had been chattering the ducks and geese in her backyard.

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A petition supporting & # 39; the Hardy ducks & # 39; as they are called, after the name of a nearby lake, has collected & # 39; n 5,000 signatures.

& # 39; More and more people go to the countryside, not to work in agriculture, but to live there & # 39 ;, says Jean-Louis Yengue, a geographer at the University of Poitiers.

& # 39; Everyone is trying to defend their territory. & # 39;

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