Boar hunters seek pact with Brangelina over their chateau's grounds

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London, June 1 : Boar hunters from a village in Provence, where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have just moved into a 17th-century chateau, have urged the Hollywood couple not to keep the grounds off limits.

The couple, who support for environmental causes and desire for tranquility, arrived last weekend at Chateau Miraval, near Aix-en-Provence, as Jolie, 32, prepared to give birth to twins.

They will rent the 35-room former Benedictine priory for the next three years.

Its 1,000-acre estate includes vineyards that produce one of the Var region's finest white wines, two swimming pools, a helipad, a forest and a lake with swans and geese.

Alain Mayen, a retired mason from the nearby village of Correns who hunts for boar and deer on the property, has urged its owner Tom Bove, an Italian-American industrialist, to ensure that the actors do not declare the grounds off limits.

Last year Bove invited a party of 65 to hunt 100 boars on the estate.

"We're waiting to hear back from Bove and we hope the new residents won't ban our hunts," TimesOnline quoted Mayen, as saying.

"The environment is all very well but you have to protect the vines. Hunting is the only way to stop the vines getting damaged," Mayen added.

According to local officials, the couple, both environmental campaigners, are seeking a quiet backwater for the twins, their daughter Shiloh, who is nearly two years old, and three adopted children, Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, and Zahara, 3.

Michael Latz, the mayor of Correns, said: "Hunting here is part of the local tradition. Boar and deer are harmful. If you don't hunt them, you don't get grapes."

ANI

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