The ruling in eastern France led to a 35-year-old man being given a year in prison for smacking his ex-girlfriend with the chicken he grabbed from her refrigerator during a drunken argument at her home.
The defendant, who was subject to a restraining order, trashed the woman's apartment after clobbering her with the chicken, France TV said.
The Local.fr said the court may have set a legal precedent for France by concluding the frozen bird amounted to a weapon.
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