Paris street toilets free from next week

27th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 26, 2006 (AFP) - Paris's famous self-cleaning 'sanisettes' are to be free of charge from next week under a long-term plan to modernise the city's public toilets, the city hall said Thursday.

PARIS, Jan 26, 2006 (AFP) - Paris's famous self-cleaning 'sanisettes' are to be free of charge from next week under a long-term plan to modernise the city's public toilets, the city hall said Thursday.

Introduced in 1980, the 420 installations currently cost 40 centimes a go, but will be made available for nothing "as a service to Parisians and to visitors," according to Green party city councillor Yves Contassot.

The authorities have also announced a tender for a new generation of public lavatories to go into service from 2007. These are intended to be accessible to the handicapped and contain an exterior tap.

Paris still has one remaining example of an earlier famous lavatory — the bottle-green 'Vespasienne' — which was little more than an open-air urinal. It can be seen — and used — outside La Santé prison in the south of the capital.

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