Thursday, 27 February 2020 11:15

Cock-a-hoop

Written by  The Hound

Your old mate was delighted to read how a cockerel became an unlikely hero for rural France, winning the right to continue his early morning crowing.

Apparently, Maurice, a four-year-old rooster, was taken to court by his disgruntled neighbours in Oléron, an island off the French Atlantic coast.

The complainants, a retired couple from the city of Limoges, had bought a second home on the island and were unhappy being woken up by the rooster next-door.

The rooster’s case underscores decades-long tensions in France around city dwellers who buy homes in the countryside without properly adjusting to rural life (sound familiar?).

“Maurice has won a battle for the whole of France,” said owner Corinne Fesseau who has lived on Oléron for 35 years. The complainants were ordered to pay Fesseau $1700 in damages. 

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