Perisse and cast members in the video do everything possible — and probably impossible — to urge men not to urinate in public in the city of love and romance. The comedian, who wears a toilet paper ball gown matched with her yellow lipstick, pops her head through a yellow toilet seat and rushes to the toilet to pee. Cast members using oversized toilet brushes as microphones and drinking cocktails of some yellow liquid complete the picture.
A new set of eco-friendly, but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. The designer said it offered an eco-friendly solution to the problem of public urination. The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, containing straw which transforms into compost for use in parks and gardens.
For years, Paris has been dealing with a scourge of public urinationwith men feeling entitled enough to just whip it out and pee on its streets, sidewalks, and city walls. So when a design firm pitched the city on installing a handful of public, open-air, trash can-like urinals to help deal with the problem, local officials actually went for it—but now residents are pretty pissed. According to NPRfour of the bright red "uritrottoirs"—complete with signs depicting a cartoon peeing with bravado—have cropped up at some of the city's most esteemed locales, like the one overlooking the Seine right by Notre Dame.
One in particular, located near the Notre-Dame cathedral, has drawn attention for its view of the River Seine. Officials say the urinals are eco-friendly — they will harness nutrients in waste to produce compost for parks and gardens. However, these features have done little to calm the ire of local residents, who have written to the town hall in protest.
PARIS Reuters - A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. Locals have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition. The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, containing straw which transforms into compost for use in parks and gardens.
Over the summer, however, the uritrottoirs have faced a gender-themed backlash. At the end of August, two of the urinals had to be removed after a campaign of vandalism—specifically being capped with cement and covered in stickers and tampons. Now their continued roll-out could be under threat.
Reinforcing perhaps an unfair reputation that the French can't make good pop music, officials in Paris have released a song urging men not to urinate in public. Unafraid of alliteration, the campaign song titled "Pas Pipi Dan Paris," "Don't Pee in Paris" highlights how the smell of urine can sometimes be a tad overpowering in the French capital. Earlier in the year, five sidewalk urinals, known as "uritrottoirs," were installed around the city.
For centuries the city of Paris has been fighting — and losing — a battle against its citizens. A conflict with itself, really. And so urine has run through the streets of Paris for centuries, with nothing able to ebb its flow as it soaks the streets of the City of Love and evaporates to form a cloud of preventable stink only a Frenchman could justify living under.
Outside the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, two red boxes topped with flowers look like overdesigned planters, or, from the side, mailboxes. Paris, like other cities, struggles with public urination. But the problem persists, and the city has to pay another team of workers to clean up the mess.
In between stops at the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, sightseers in Paris might notice some unusual new landmarks marking the city's streets: bright red, open-air urinals. As NPR reports, the so-called "Uritrottoir" a mashup of the French words for urinal and pavement have been installed in response to the city's public urination problem, and residents aren't happy about it. Peeing openly on the streets has been an unofficial tradition in the French capital since the pre-Napoleon era.