People peeing on the street is an age-old problem in Paris – and it appears to have finally got the attention of authorities.

The City Hall has been busy slapping €68 fines on those caught with their pants down, with 5,381 people nabbed in 2017 alone. 

That marks a 165 percent increase in the number of fines doled out for the same violation in 2016. 

This increase is partly due to a crackdown on street-peeing, but is also thanks to the huge increase in the number of “civility police” working for the city, who now number 3,200 (up from just 96 in 2015).

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has spoken of the city’s “zero tolerance” approach to littering and street-peeing in the past, and is now carrying out experiments with new eco-friendly urinals, known as “Uritrottoir” (a blend of the verb uriner and the French word for pavement).

Three of these urinals have been installed across the city (near the Moulin Rouge, the Gare de Lyon, and the Jardin des Plantes).

Street peeing, a well-known blight on the City of Paris and particularly around train stations, is hopefully about to get a little more civilized as well as eco-friendly.

There will only be two urinals to begin with but if the plan works then train stations around Paris and the whole country could soon be home to new eco-friendly urinals, known as “Uritrottoir” (a blend of the verb uriner and the French word for pavement)

The urinals (see photo) feature the usual basin for weeing into but also a pot of flowers to give a more pleasant look than the usual grey, overflowing street urinals that dot the Paris’ black spots for street peeing (known as “pipi sauvage” in French).

According to the creators it allows the needy to “Pisse in Peace.”

“People urinating on the streets of France is a serious problem,” inventor Victor Massip from the creators Faltazi told The Local.
“And we knew there was a big demand for a solution, so we’ve come up with one.
“People are laughing, many of them are amazed, but most agree that it’s a good idea to test out,” he added.

Urinals will be placed at the busy Gare de Lyon in the south east of Paris.

It works by storing the urine on a bed of dry material such as wood chips, straw, or saw dust. This material is later taken away to be turned into compost.

The box is coated with an anti-graffiti paint, and the carbon-rich straw not only makes for great compost, but also means the toilet will be largely odour-free.

If they help tame Paris’s legion of wild street pee-ers then French rail chiefs SNCF will roll them out to other stations in the capital.

Anyone who regularly has to walk through the puddles of pee outside Gare du Nord will have their legs crossed in hope.