Lockdown in France: What to do about noisy neighbours?

The confinement period has thrown up many unexpected issues but some, such as what to do about noisy neighbours, existed before coronavirus and will undoubtedly continue long after it.

France’s police and gendarmerie forces from mid-April report a rise in calls for “tapage nocturne” (night noise) with forbidden parties and family gatherings involving people getting drunk; the main cause of such noise.

Loud music and video games from neighbouring flats with teenage and young adult residents have been often mentioned on the list of disturbances reported on phone-in radio programmes about the hardships of the lockdown.

As anywhere, the first step when faced with noise from neighbours, be it loud music, power tools or simply a lawnmower starting at dawn when you are trying to sleep, is to talk to your neighbour calmly and try to get them to be reasonable.

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