Bizarre or brilliant? Public urination in Paris has forced the city to install open-air urinals

Manuela Cardiga
Aug 17, 2018
11:35 P.M.

When in Paris do as the French do. Or maybe not.


Visitors to the romantic City of Lights may get to see a lot more then they bargained for, an added peek at Parisian real life.

In order to control the lamentable habit of men peeing in public, the city installed bright red "uritrottoirs" everywhere, reported Paris.fr.com.

"Uritrottoirs" are meant as an eco-friendly alternative to men peeing in public against walls, trees or in alleys.

The "uritrottoirs" look like ornamental planters, with greenery filling the top. A closer look will discover a sign that directs the eyes to a urinal. There are no privacy shields, only a slight U-shaped catcher.


"It is definitely a desirable and historic neighborhood, but seeing people urinating right in front of your door is not the nicest thing."

Paola Pellizzari, CNN, 14th of August 2018.

Unfortunately for the tourists and residents of the city, the "uritrottoirs" are not tucked away discreetly. They are installed in some of the most emblematic areas of Paris, so visitors strolling through the historic cities, drinking in the sights, may just see more than they bargained for.

One of the "uritrottoirs" is on the romantic Ile Saint-Louis, near the Notre Dame cathedral in full view of tourists boating on the Seine.

Read more travel news on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.


Authorities defend that it is more salubrious to have urinals rather than subject visitors to the acrid reek of urine on the streets.

The company that manufactures "uritrottoirs" explains that the receptacles wherein the urine is 'deposited' are filled with straw, and can be used for compost after decomposing for a year.

The utility is declared to be odor-free, and is offered in a variety of shapes and sizes.


The French have been fighting what they call "wild peeing" for years in their capital city. In 2016 "incivility brigades" were created to enforce fines for men peeing on the streets, but the measure had no impact.

Paris is a "must-see" destination for every dream-traveler, and the streets are thronged with celebrities, movie stars, and singers from all over the world, like the Obamas, Celine Dion, the Kardashians, and Serena Williams.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Serena Williams, 42, Showcases ‘Not Picture Perfect’ Body While Holding 6-Month-Old Baby Daughter

February 12, 2024

Serena Williams Shares Makeup-Free Selfie Following Her 'Not Ok' Post – Fans Send Concerned & Supportive Messages

November 29, 2023

Serena Williams' Natural Eyebrows Sparked Fan Discussion in Close-up Photo with Her Baby Girl

November 26, 2023

Serena Williams Shows Her ‘Natural’ Body Shape after Welcoming Second Baby, Struggles to Fit into a Skirt

January 30, 2024

'Her Man Got Curves!': Serena Williams' Husband's Weight Gain Sparks Reactions after Their Recent Outing

December 12, 2023

Inside Jackie Kennedy’s $65M Oceanfront Mansion Where 3 Generations of Kennedys Lived

January 16, 2024

Watching News Report from Paris, Man Recognizes Beggar as His Wife Who Disappeared 12 Years Ago – Story of the Day

October 30, 2023

Karim Kamoun: More about Ons Jabeur's Husband Who Doubles as Her Fitness Trainer

November 04, 2023

Tony Balkissoon: He Is a Lawyer of Asian Descent & Laura Jarrett's Husband

November 27, 2023

Malia Obama, 25, Debuts Her Alias & Ditches Family Surname after Starting Movie Career

February 23, 2024

Malia Obama, 25, Debuts Her Alias & Ditches Family Surname after Starting Movie Career

May 02, 2024

How Former President Barack Obama's Daughters Live Now: They Shop at Yard Sales & Are Budget-Savvy

January 23, 2024

Baffling Finds: Objects That Left People Stumped When They Found Them

December 04, 2023

Mom of Missing Boy Finds His Glove in Forest near Barbed Wire Marked 'Danger Zone' – Story of the Day

December 18, 2023