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Feminist protesters have vandalised new open-air street urinals in Paris, claiming they are sexist as breastfeeding is still frowned upon in public.
Public street toilets have been causing a stir along pavements across the French capital since the troughs disguised as flower-boxes began cropping up in some of the city's most glamorous neighbourhoods.
'uritrottoir - Months - Paris - Pavements
The colourful 'uritrottoir' as they are named, were introduced around two months ago to tackle Paris's growing urine-soaked pavements.
But protesters this week targeted two of the urinals on the trendy Ile Saint-Louis area and near Gare de Lyon station by plastering them with red stained sanitary towels and tampons, then blocking them with concrete.
Notes - Paris - Authorities - Men - Places
Notes left behind criticised the Paris authorities for encouraging men to unzip and relieve themselves in open places.
The activists were particularly aggrieved at the encouragement of men to urinate in full view of families when women are still often reprimanded for breastfeeding in public.
Equality - Campaigners - Women - Groups - Residents
Equality campaigners and women's groups, along with local residents and parents, have complained that the open-air urinals are sexist, discriminatory and actually encourage more street-urination.
One note left at the scene said in French: 'Women who take out their breasts for breastfeeding are asked to hide. Men who take out their sex [organ] to urinate are subsidised by the town hall. No to the c**** in public.'
Notice - Men - Street - Dogs
Another notice compared men urinating in the street to dogs.
No group has claimed responsibility for the vandalism, but the feminist protest group Femen denied involvement and police are investigating.
'urinoir - Letterbox - Flower-box - Neighbourhood - Saint-Louis
One eco-friendly 'urinoir' deemed to be particularly offensive is painted in letterbox red and topped with a flower-box in the chic neighbourhood of Île Saint-Louis,...
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