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