At the microphone of Europe 1, the mayor of Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron Christophe Sueur welcomed the court decision, which ruled on Thursday in favor of the cock Maurice and his owner. Despite neighbors' complaints, the rooster will continue to sing.


On the island of Oleron, the songs of the rooster Maurice triggered the ire of the neighbors of its owner. Two retirees from Charente-Maritime used the great means to silence him. In the spring of 2017, they called for an end to the songs of the gallinaceous. The owner replied: two petitions of support were signed by tens of thousands of people. The mayor of the commune of Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron, Christophe Sueur, also gave his support, by taking a decree to preserve the lifestyles related to the campaign. The case ended this Thursday in court: Maurice can continue to sing.

Christophe Sueur did not hide his satisfaction. "This is finally a court that realizes that there are rules, but there are also traditions.The loss of enjoyment of the plaintiffs was not justified.One cock sings in the morning and he will continue to sing, is a very good thing, "he said on Europe 1.

The correctional court of Rochefort thus rejected the complaint of the neighbors who complained. They will even have to pay a thousand euros in damages in addition to the payment of court fees. The owner of the rooster hopes that this decision will be a precedent. She now wants a "Mauritius law" to protect all rural noises.

The mayor of Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron hopes that the other complaints that are in progress "for cicadas or cows will follow the same path and let justice treat more serious cases".