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Chalet own­ers in Le Biot in Haute-Savoie have launched a pe­ti­tion com­plain­ing about the noise made by cow bells in neigh­bour­ing fields, and have asked the mairie to stop the nui­sance. The mairie, out­raged by the re­quest, has re­fused to take the bells away though they say they are con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a com­pro­mise by ask­ing the farmer to place smaller bells on the cows in his herd. Ac­cord­ing to the town hall in Le Biot, the res­i­dents who are com­plain­ing are sec­ond-home own­ers, mainly from the UK and Bel­gium. “These bells are not there to bother res­i­dents and tourists,” the mayor said. The farmer, Sébastien Vit­toz, who owns the cows says he was sur­prised by the com­plaints. “I use the bells so that I can eas­ily find my cows in the moun­tains,” he said.

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