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France’s rural noises and smells now protected after rows with secondary-home residents over rooster

FRANCE24, 22 Jan 2021
France’s Senate approved a law aiming at protecting the “sensory heritage of life in the countryside”. This comes after a series of high-profile judiciary rows between villagers and visitors with second homes who complained of noises and smells of animals over the past years. Roosters, cows, early-morning tractors, insects and others will be now protected against secondary-home residents aiming to obtain peaceful sleep via the court.

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