‘Urinoir’ Furore: Paris residents peeved at eco-friendly urinals


Editor’s note:  Paris is known for being the worst “bathroom” city in the world.  Parisians, until a year ago, usually pissed on the Holocaust Memorial behind Notre Dame.  It had nothing to do with hating Jews, it was dark there and the location was good.

You could count functioning public pay toilet machines on the fingers of one hand for a city of 6 million.

You don’t, however, piss on the streets on the Isle of St. Louis.  You have to cross the Seine and piss under a bridge or against a church someplace.

The Guardian needs to grow up a bit.g

A set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals that have been introduced to the streets of Paris is a provoking uproar among residents.

One of the bright-red “urinoirs” installed on the Île Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame Cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation.

“Piss-0-Matic” about 50 yards from my Paris flat

Residents and businesses have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition.

“There’s no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot,” said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.

“It’s beside the most beautiful townhouse on the island, the Hôtel de Lauzun, where Baudelaire lived,” she said, referring to the 19th-century French poet.

Read more at UK Guardian


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  1. Had a girlfriend that could go in a mensroom at a concert and use a standup urinal just like the fellows; had another we nicknamed yellowfoot when camping in the woods. Everyone is different.

  2. Why man in Paris cannot urinate on public toilettes like most of the rest of the world????
    I gave Paris two opportunities to better itself as I as a tourist for the first time apart of the Louvre museum and other parts of the city I was not impressed with the people. (urinals in the street) etc.
    On a restaurant as a woman I had to use the loo and I had to pass through a long corridor with open urinals where man where busy ( no privacy at all !) yo reach at the end of the passage the ladies room….shocking.
    On my second trip trying to change my first shock….it was worse. So ….NO PARIS FOR ME ANYMORE

  3. I usually agree with Gordon but I will make an exception here. Paris known as the worst “bathroom” city in the world? You haven’t travelled much. Gordon, search “San Francisco shithole” on YouTube, but not before dinner time.

    I’d eat off the Paris sidewalks compared to San Fran and MANY other places in the world. Thanks for the Notre Dame Cathedral tip.

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