French village split as mayor sparks woodpile battle

The disputed woodpile outside the home of Saskia Wanrooij

A village is split over its mayor’s determination to remove a woodpile from the front of a house.

Saskia Wanrooij, 68, has lived in the village of Saissac in the Aude for 21 years and was taken aback to receive a letter from the mairie telling her she had to move her woodpile.

“I was absolutely astounded,” she said.

“How it suddenly became a problem is beyond me.”The wood sits on a margelle, a step, in front of the top floor of her three-storey house, which is built into a cliff.

A legal letter said her woodpile obstructed ...

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