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But several of Monsieur Deronzier's neighbours have had enough. They say that the constant chiming of the cowbells is stopping them sleeping, and now one of them has filed a suit at the courts demanding that the herd be kept away.
Monsieur Deronzier is naturally furious, but he might be comforted if he knew that his case is far from unique. In recent years across France there's been a series of law-suits over such rustic nuisances as the crowing of cocks, the quacking of ducks or the clanging of church bells.
It's a reflection of the changing sociological face of the French provinces. Most of the law suits are filed by a new type of rural inhabitant: former town-dwellers who've come in search of the silence and instead find life in the countryside disquietingly loud.
Hugh Schofield, BBC News, Paris