The Town Where It Is Illegal To Die

CemeteryThere is a town in southwest France where it is now illegal to die because the cemetery has no more room.

Below is the article from The Sydney Morning Herald

The mayor of a village in southwest France has threatened residents with severe punishment if they die, because there is no room left in the overcrowded cemetery to bury them.

In an ordinance posted in the council offices, Mayor Gerard Lalanne told the 260 residents of the village of Sarpourenx that “all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish.”

It added: “Offenders will be severely punished.”

The mayor said he was forced to take drastic action after an administrative court in the nearby town of Pau ruled in January that the acquisition of adjoining private land to extend the cemetery would not be justified.

Lalanne, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday and is standing for election to a seventh term in this month’s local elections, said he was sorry that there had not been a positive outcome to the dilemma.

“It may be a laughing matter for some, but not for me,” he said.

Just how are they going to severely punish offenders considering that the offenders will be dead? Are they going to bring them back to life and kill them again? Seriously, this mayor is just setting himself up to be the laughing stock of the world by announcing something so ridiculous.

(photograph courtesy of TudorHulubei)

2 responses to “The Town Where It Is Illegal To Die

  1. I’m actually quite curious as to what the punishment would be……… can’t get worse than death…….. interesting lol

  2. Bettina: Me too. I am “dying” to know how you punish a dead person. Maybe they have contacts in the afterlife.