TOUSSAINT: LACK OF SPACE AND EXORBITANT PRICES, THE
PARISIANS BURIED ELSEWHERE
They have become over time places to walk, rich in
heritage, away from their original mission: the cemeteries
of Paris, due to lack of space, require families to bury
their loved ones outside of the capital
“We have sounded the alarm for a
long time”, is afflicted with the AFP Michel Kawnik,
president of the French association of information funeral,
who comes to the aid of families at funerals.
“Unfortunately, with the policy choices and management that
have been made, there is more room in the parisian cemetery
of intra-muros”, adds the activist.
capital account, however, not less than 20 cemeteries, of
which 14 are located in Paris and 6, a small crown, covering
an area of 422 hectares.
In the largest necropolis in
Paris, the Père Lachaise cemetery, these are the Parisians
and tourists who roam the aisles, rare are the relatives of
the deceased brought the traditional chrysanthemums for all
Among the approximately 70,000
concessions in the cemetery we find the graves of Oscar
Wilde, Jim Morrison, Frédéric Chopin, Molière, Yves Montand
or Edith Piaf, passing by Serge Gainsbourg…
“Concessions are part of the historical heritage, which can
be stored, it is necessary to respect but is what we want
the parisian cemetery of intra-muros are not as museums of
necropolis?”, questioned, bitter, Michael Kawnik.
situation will not improve, as highlighted in a recent
report by the regional Chamber of accounts (CRC),
anticipating an increase in demand and inadequate supply.
cemetery for the “haves” –
In his defence, the mayor of
Paris said the situation is not new and dates a century:
with the increase of the population of paris in the
Nineteenth century, and of death, the first signs of
saturation have been felt as early as the 1850s.
The situation had forced the authorities of the time to
create six other cemeteries located in the little crown, and
properties of the capital: in the Seine-Saint-Denis (La
Chapelle, Saint-Ouen, Pantin), in the Val-deMarne (in Ivry,
Thiais) and Hauts-de-Seine, france (Bagneux).
years ago again, it had been possibly waiting lists for
Paris, but now, it is no longer possible”, adds Mr. Kawnik,
according to which “the only possibility would be to have
+privileges+, or fall back on one of the six cemeteries
located outside of Paris” and all properties in the City.
In 2017, 8.098 burials took place in the parisian
cemetery (3.150 in intra-muros and 4.948 extra-muros), and
171 concessions have been granted in the capital for more
than 5,000 applications, according to data from the Paris
“The City guarantees all of the Parisians
that they will be able to acquire a tomb even if it is not
always possible to choose the cemetery,” responds the
assistant to the mayor of Paris in charge of the funeral,
To solve the problem, the city
council is trying to guarantee “as much as possible” of the
“concessions in cemeteries located intra-muros”, she adds.
However, the award of new concessions is difficult as
the criteria are numerous (concession-old more than 30
years, no burial for the past 10 years, a state of
abandonment and manifest more dependents).
solution scope by the town council: the sale of the
concession for a limited period of time (10, 30 or 50
years), and not perpetual, as has long been the case.
Beyond the lack of places, the prices are prohibitive:
if in Paris, a perpetual concession of 2 m2 cost of 16,000
euros, in the cemetery of Thiais, she is four times less
expensive (about 4000 euros).
Vexed, Michel Kawnik,
did not budge: “The graveyard intra-muros paris is reserved
for the “haves”.