Villagers in France banned from being ill

A dozen small-town mayors have highlighted the lack of rural doctors by signing a symbolic decree making it illegal for local residents to fall ill or die.

The decree says it is forbidden in their communes to “seek urgent access to care for any pathology” or have “an accident or serious illness”, or to “be born with health problems”.

It “allows” residents of the communes, all in the Sarthe department in Pays de la Loire, to move to the Alpes-Maritimes or to Paris to access efficient health services.

A village mayor in the Loire department in the east issued an order earlier making it illegal to die on weekends or bank holidays after no doctor was on call to record a death.

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