The mayor of Laigneville Municipality, located in northern France, has announced that dying at home within the borders of the municipality has temporarily been banned. Speaking to a local TV station, Mayor Christophe Dietrich said the law created by the city's council is primarily symbolic, but the town's struggle to provide the necessary services to people who die in their homes is very real.
With a population of 5,000 and only two physicians offering medical services to the entire town, Laigneville doctors are hard pressed to keep up with the demand. Dietrich said people often have to wait four to six hours for a doctor to pronounce death. The mayor said the doctors will retire at the end of the year, and nobody has been appointed to replace them.
In the end, Mayor Dietrich realizes that the new law cannot actually be enforced, but their aim is to draw attention to the town's need for doctors. "I know that this whole thing is ridiculous, but we are facing a ridiculous situation," the mayor said.