Mayor Gerard Lalanne has warned them that there is no room left in the overcrowded cemetery to bury them and if they do pass away, there will be "severe punishment".
In an ordinance posted in the council offices, Mayor Gerard Lalanne told the 260 residents: "All persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish. 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.
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