New people in town
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The village used to have 283 inhabitants, a mairie (city hall), a maire (mayor), two vice-maires (asisstant mayors), each of which have two administration assistants. Madame Thirioz (let's call her that) is one of the main characters in this little village. She must be in the second half of her 80's, fragile and tiny, but she races the narrow country roads in her old Peugeot as if she has to win a formula 1 race. She has no problem driving to the city as well. The city, that means La Souterraine, with a population of 5,327 souls. It may be one more or two less when you read this.
And Madame Thirioz knows everything about everybody. This is because her car allows her to spend a lot of time in the post office, or at the boulangerie (bakery). That is where you need to be to hear the news.
A few months ago, this woman from Paris had bought one of the old farm houses as her retreat. She spoke funny and was not too friendly to the village people. One morning, the Paris woman was at Madame Thirioz' door. "Can I ask you for some help", she had asked. And then she had told her story. Since she moved into the village she had been sleeping very bad. And now she was fed up with it.
"Madame, I need you to introduce me to the mayor", she said.
"Why that?" Madame Thirioz had asked.
Then she told that every morning, as soon as the first light came, she had been woken up by this terrible rooster of the neighbours.
"But what does the mayor have to do with that?", was Madame Thirioz's obvious question.
"Well", the parisian woman had said, "I need his intervention. I am afraid to confront my neighbours directly, so I want that he, with his authority as a mayor, talks with my neighbours".
Madame Thirioz had looked confused: "And what should they do then?"
"Can't you understand what I mean?", the woman had said,
"I want the mayor to force my neighbours, to have a serious talk with their bloody chicken!"