PARIS – A rooster crow and a church bell rings at dawn. The rumble of the tractor and the smell of manure from the nearby stable. The sarcasm of the Siskiy or the frog’s bickering voice. Raising ducks, grazing sheep and killing donkeys.
A bill to preserve the “sensory heritage of the countryside” after a series of widely publicized neighborhoods in rural corners of France was protected by perennial rural sounds and smells such as French law last week. Had passed, many of which included noisy animals.
In a nation still attached to its agricultural roots and in its backdrop – a deep sense of belonging to the land – the controversies have symbolized tensions between urban newcomers and long-time countrymen, friction that is only one of the coronovirus epidemics and lockdown Have evolved as strings. Attract new residents to the countryside.
“Life in the countryside means accepting some nuisance,” Joel Giroud, the French government’s minister in charge of rural life, said Thursday. It would be misleading, he said, to idealize the people of the country as a perfect shelter of peace.
Perhaps the most prominent of these noisy animals was Maurice, a rooster in Saint-Pierre-d’Aloron, an town on an island off the west coast of France. His boss was sued by neighbors – regular holidaymakers in the area – because he was crowned very loudly.
Politicians and thousands of petitioners raced to defend the Gallic roster, and a court eventually ruled in 2019 that Maurice, who died last summer at the age of 6, was well within his rights.
Lawmakers in the French Senate said, “Our rural areas are not just science, they are also the sounds, smells, activities and practices that are part of our heritage.” “Residents of the new country are not always used to it.”
The bill was passed by the National Assembly of France, the lower house of parliament, last January. In a rare event of parliamentary and political unity, the Senate on Thursday unanimously passed an unfamiliar version of the bill.
“The goal is to give toolboxes to elected officials,” said Pierre-Antoine Levy, a centrist senator who helped draft the bill, arguing that mayors are being caught amid a growing number of neighborhood disputes is.
To name but a few recent cases: In Dordogan, an area in southwest France, a court ordered a couple to evacuate their pond, when neighbors constantly complained about the frog; In Alsace, eastern France, a court ruled that a horse had to live at least 50 feet away from a neighbor’s property after rambling about smelly drops and drums of flies; In Le Busset, a small village in southern France, tourists were shocked when tourists complained of singing Sisakis. (The mayor responded by installing a six-foot statue of one last year.)
In one of the more tragic cases, after Marcel, a rooster in Ardashe, in southeastern France, more than 100,000 petitioners for justice last year were crowned and shot dead by a neighbor. The man later received a five-month suspended prison sentence.
The new law calls for France’s environmental code to state that the “sounds and smells” of France’s natural places are an integral part of its legally defined “shared heritage”. And it urges local administrations to prepare a list of “sensory heritage” of their regions, giving newcomers a better sense of hope.
The law does not take any specific penalties or makes a list of specially protected sounds or smells, but Mr Levy, who represents Taran-et-Garonne, a mostly rural area in southwest France, said it Will give mayors more power to smooth. Judges will give a strong legal lobby to settle disputes and cases that reach them before they end in court.
“This law does not mean that farmers are going to be able to do whatever,” he said. “The idea is to create a code of good conduct.”
It is too late for Maurice. But his successor, Maurice II, can now leave with the full confidence of someone who has the law. Corinne Fesseau, their master, France 2 television told This past week he was thrilled with the new law.
“The city has its own voices,” she said. “So is the countryside.”