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Residents of Paris Neighborhoods Voice Outrage Over Very Public Eco-Friendly Urinals
Paris: the Eiffel Tower, historic streets, tourists and now bright red street urinals. It was meant to be Paris' environmentally-friendly solution to a problem plaguing many cities. But this new style of street urinal has residents of one upmarket district well … pissed. The bright red 'Uritrottoir' - a French contraction of urinal and sidewalk - is being trailed across Paris. It's the city council's response to the scourge of public peeing. The device, essentially a planter with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, contains straw which transforms into compost for later use in parks and gardens. But Ile Saint-Louis locals and tourists alike say the receptacle, with no stall around it of any kind, could blight the ultra-chic neighborhood. SPANISH TOURIST AND PUBLICIST, ANTONIO, SAYING: "I have some doubts about the fact that it's not very private. And also I don't know how they are going to solve the issue of the smell." (SOUNDBITE) (French) 28-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPMENT MANAGER AT A PRODUCTION COMPANY, MOUNIA, SAYING: "It is definitely a desirable and historic neighbourhood but seeing people urinating right in front of your door is not the nicest thing." The local council, under pressure to remove the Uritrottoir, told French media Tuesday (August 14) that the suitability of this particular location would be reviewed in September.