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Noisy French ROOSTER walks free as court rules 'Cock-a-doodle-doo' is no crime

France, Rochefort
September 05, 2019 at 16:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Maurice, a rooster who has been on trial for excessive noise since July, was found not guilty by a court in the French city of Rochefort on Thursday.

The plaintiffs, a couple of 68-year-olds from Oleron, western France, who sued the cock and its owner for waking them up at dawn, will still not be able to sleep in and must pay €1,000 ($1,100) in damages as well as their legal fees, the judge ruled.

"Maurice the rooster can sing again," said the owner, Corinne Fesseau. "He was stressed out for two months, we did not hear him, I'm going tell him about the good news and tomorrow morning he'll start singing again, everything will go back to normal."

Supporters of the feathered defendant gathered at the courthouse with flags, t shirts and smartphone cases featuring roosters. Across the country, several rural mayors also chimed in to declare "cock-a-doodle-doo" and other typical countryside sounds a national heritage exempt from noise complaints.

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Maurice, a rooster who has been on trial for excessive noise since July, was found not guilty by a court in the French city of Rochefort on Thursday.

The plaintiffs, a couple of 68-year-olds from Oleron, western France, who sued the cock and its owner for waking them up at dawn, will still not be able to sleep in and must pay €1,000 ($1,100) in damages as well as their legal fees, the judge ruled.

"Maurice the rooster can sing again," said the owner, Corinne Fesseau. "He was stressed out for two months, we did not hear him, I'm going tell him about the good news and tomorrow morning he'll start singing again, everything will go back to normal."

Supporters of the feathered defendant gathered at the courthouse with flags, t shirts and smartphone cases featuring roosters. Across the country, several rural mayors also chimed in to declare "cock-a-doodle-doo" and other typical countryside sounds a national heritage exempt from noise complaints.

W/S Rochefort courthouse

M/S Corinne Fesseau, owner of Maurice the rooster, enters courthouse

M/S People enter court

W/S Supporters with banner in courtroom

C/U Maurice drawing on smartphone case

W/S Courtroom

M/S Judge and lawyers

M/S Fesseau hugs supporter

W/S Courtroom

M/S Fesseau

W/S Courtroom

SOT, Corinne Fesseau, Owner of Maurice (French): "I am moved, I have no words. I am happy."

W/S Fesseau surrounded by journalists

SOT, Corinne Fesseau, Owner of Maurice (French): "I can tell you that it's a relief for everyone, we were waiting impatiently. Maurice the rooster can sing again, he can stay at home and everything will return to normal. He was stressed out for two months, we did not hear him, I'm going tell him about the good news and tomorrow morning he'll start singing again, everything will go back to normal and I'll be relieved."

W/S Fesseau exits courthouse

M/S Fesseau

M/S Camera filming Fesseau

W/S Fesseau in front of courthouse

M/S Fesseau supporters

W/S Courthouse

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