Video: Classical music scares off drug dealers in Paris
21 May 2014, 11:45
A recording of Beethoven's Ode To Joy has chased away local drug dealers from a Parisian street corner, thanks to one man continually playing the piece at high volume.
A man living in the Montrouge area of Paris has deterred local drug dealers from hanging around outside his apartment block by blasting classical music at them every evening through speakers.
The man, known locally as 'Joel', initially combated the problem by simply singing at the drug dealers from his window, but when he ran out of songs to sing he took things to the next level by playing recordings of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
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While some of the dealers have been successfully scared off by the music, those that remain have fought back by reportedly playing their own music back at Joel and throwing stones at his window.
He told Le Parisien: "They asked me why I was doing it. I told them their noise bothered me."
Joel has since filed a complaint with the police, but says he is "not going to stop. Their behaviour is unacceptable."