Man loses ‘Noise pollution’ case against Cockerel

A French man Jean-Louis Biron has lost his lawsuit against a named Maurice over a complaint about the bird’s early morning crowing.

Maurice with his owner, Corrine Fesseau. PHOTO: Sky News
Maurice with his owner, Corrine Fesseau. PHOTO: Sky News

Biron, who lives in the city of Rochefort, brought the case against the four-year-old bird after buying a holiday home next to his owners in nearby Ile d’Oleron, a small island off France’s west coast.

However, a French tribunal rejected the complaint about the bird’s early morning crowing and ordered that Maurice’s owner, Corinne Fesseau be paid €1,000 (₦399,275) in damages.

The two-year dispute – symbolic of a culture clash, has pitted the old rural way of life against modern values.

“Today Maurice has won a battle for the whole of France,” owner Corrine Fesseau said.

Maurice. PHOTO: Sky News
Maurice. PHOTO: Sky News

Mr Biron started complaining about Maurice’s early morning crowing to his owners, Jacky and Corrine Fesseau, but they refused to get rid of their beloved cockerel.

“The cock’s screeching starts at 4:30 a.m., and keeps up all morning and well into the afternoon,” Mr Biron wrote in an official letter to his neighbours in 2017.
As Maurice continued to crow, the row escalated and – against the advice of their lawyers and a mediator – the two sides decided to fight it out in court.The case featured in national newspapers, T-shirts supporting Maurice went on sale and letters of solidarity from as far away as the U.S. was sent.


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