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Odeur de chipfat too much for Welsh perfume millionaire.

THE Welsh former boss of L'Oreal has asked a French court to shut down a chip stand near his swanky ski resort flat - because he doesn't like the smell of cooking fat.

Multi-millionaire Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones and three neighbours have also demanded compensation, claiming the chip van in Val d'Isere has reduced their properties' value.

Sir Lindsay claims the stand is a "visual, auditory and olfactory nuisance" and contravenes hygiene and local planning bylaws. But chippy owner Valeire Maertens said: "Of course, rich people are bothered by having a chip stand in front of their homes, but some of us have to work for a living."

A court is due to rule on the fate of the chip van this month.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 5, 2012
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