PARIS (AP) Maurice the rooster can keep crowing, a French court ruled Thursday, as it rejected a complaint from neighbors who sued over noise nuisance.
Maurices case and several other lawsuits against the sounds of church bells, cow bells, cicadas and the pungent smells from farms have prompted a national debate over how to protect rural culture from the encroachment of expectations that are more associated with urban areas.
Maurices owner, Corinne Fesseau, will be able to keep the rooster on the small island of Oleron, off Frances Atlantic coast, the court decided. The frustrated neighbors are considering an appeal.
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