Public Urinals - Out in Plain Sight - Installed in Paris

Public urinals that offer almost no privacy are now in Paris to combat the city's public peeing problem.

Reportedly four urinals have been installed and a fifth one is on the way, according to the district’s mayor, Ariel Weil.

“If we don’t do anything, then men are just going to pee in the streets,” Weil said. “If it is really bothering people, we will find another location.”

The public outlet is about the size of a garbage can with a red upper-half and is crowned with a flower box on top for an appealing lure.

The controversial unit is called a “Uritrottoir,” fashioned by combining the French words for urinal and pavement.

Now that the Uritrottoir has been spotted in more posh enclaves like Île Saint-Louis - not far from Notre Dame - more and more Parisians have expressed outrage.

“There's no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot,” said a local store owner.“We're told we have to accept this but this is absolutely unacceptable."

"It's destroying the legacy of the island. Can't people behave?”

Additionally, the manufacturer champions the eco-friendly design of the Uritrttoir as the staw the user relieves himself in can easily be used as flower compost for Paris’ parks and gardens.

Unsurprisingly, some locals have even deemed the Uritrottoir as sexist because its implementation subjects the entire populace to men’s "uncontrollable" urges.

“They have been installed on a sexist proposition: men cannot control themselves [from the bladder point of view] and so all of society has to adapt,” said a local feminist. “The public space must be transformed to cause them minimum discomfort.”

The filthy nature of Paris' streets has made headlines in recent news due to the sheer number of migrants on public streets, which is comparable to a large, outdoor festival occurring every day.

(PHOTO: Thomas Samson / Contributor / Getty Images)

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