Senators voted to approve the law, which was passed by the House of Representatives last year, on Thursday, according to a statement from Rural Affairs Minister Joel Giroud.
Giroud said he celebrated the passage of the law aimed at “defining and protecting the physical heritage of the French countryside.”
The statement continued that a better understanding of the “sounds and smells” of rural areas would be helpful in “preventing disputes between neighbors.”
Saint-Pierre-d’Oléron in western France was the rural community at the heart of the 2019 Maurice Roosters Experience.
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Jiro said that regional authorities will be tasked with identifying “the rural heritage, including its physical identity.”
“It is a real victory for the rural communities,” he added. “Do your part, let’s preserve the countryside.”
France has seen an increasing number of social conflicts between long-term residents of rural communities and newcomers.
One symbolic case concerns a deck named Morris, who was tried in July 2019 after neighbors complained about his early morning screams.
However, a court in Rochefort, western France, rejected the neighbors’ complaints about noise pollution and ordered them to pay 1,000 euros (about $ 1,200) in compensation.
The case came to symbolize the growing divisions between rural and urban areas in France where neighbors were city dwellers who visited Saint-Pierre Doleron only a few times a year.
“It’s a dick. Duke has the desire to sing,” said Corinne Fesso, who owns Morris at the time of the trial.
“This is the countryside. We must protect the countryside,” she added.
Christophe Soore, the mayor of Saint-Pierre Dulair, told CNN that the verdict was “sound logic,” adding: “I am all in favor of preserving the French tradition. Rooster cry is a French tradition that must be preserved.”
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