Thursday, August 22, 2002
Giving politicians too much power: The mayor of a town in France has barred residents from dying because the town cemetery is full.
Gil Bernardi, mayor of Le Lavandou on the coast 25 km (15 miles) west of Saint Tropez, introduced the ban after a court rejected his plans to build a cemetery in a tranquil setting by the sea.
Bernardi said most locals had obeyed the edict so far, but he was desperately trying to find a resting place for a homeless man who had recently passed away in the town.
"Initially, the decree has been remarkably well followed," the mayor said.
And to think that governments spend billions on health care systems when all they had to do was prohibit people from getting sick.