And now one mayor has decided to take action.
Régis Bourelly, mayor of the picturesque town of Saint-André-de-Valborgne in the southern Gard department, has put up signs informing holidaymakers that they are entering a French village and are therefore likely to hear the sounds of, well, a French village.
The notice says: “Warning French village. Enter at your own risk” followed by a list of the kinds of sounds people might hear, including church bells, cockerels and farmers working “to give you food”.
Bourelly's move comes after several high profile cases of tourists, both from large French cities and abroad, complaining about the noise in the countryside.
One of the high profile cases has been that of a cockerel called Maurice, who has found himself at the centre of a legal storm after holidaymakers on the island of Oléron in Charente-Maritime took his owner to court over his excessive crowing.
Hundreds of neighbours signed a petition in support of the noisy rooster, arguing that the sound is an integral part of living in the countryside.
Similarly, last year the mayor of a village in rural Lozère received a request from an angry tourist to stop the church bells ringing at 7am, as she said they were disturbing her holiday while at the same time a group of noisy mating frogs caused a legal headache for the owner of the pond in the Dordogne where they were conducting their amorous activities.
British second home owners in the French Alps have also taken legal action against the noise of cowbells in their village.
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He told the French press that there had been “an accumulation of complaints from people who decide to settle in rural areas and bring cases before the courts in the name of so-called sound attacks”.
He believed the solution is to add rural noises like animals and church bells ringing to the Inventaire du patrimoine culturel immatériel en France, or list of France's intangible cultural heritage.
“If we get this ranking, it will be a guarantee for a farmer not to find himself in front of the judges because his cows moo too much before being fed or because his donkey brays during the hot season.”