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).