News in brief
Paris has found a solution to curbing public urinating by placing colourful eco-friendly urinoirs in several districts of the capital. The Uritrottoirs have a floral display that sits on top of the box which is filled with a mixture of straw and wood chips. This dry mixture will eventually turn into compost to be used in Paris’ public parks and gardens.
A humble local bistro in Bourges was awarded a Michelin star by mistake as the red guide mistook it for a gastronomic restaurant of the same name. The Michelin Guide published its much awaited 2017 version on 9 February and awarded Le Bouche à Oreille, a friendly restaurant offering a €10 menu, one Michelin star. The restaurant has since been swamped.
A restaurant in Paris is feeding its customers on free produce discarded by Paris’ Rungis food market. Freegan Pony is run by Aladdin Charni who collects produce from Rungis in southern Paris four times a week. Deemed past their sell-by date but still edible, the produce is still in its crates. A team of volunteers prepare the day’s meals which are then sold on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.
A man in south-east France is attempting to sue Uber after his wife discovered the taxi rides that he took to see his lover. Seeking €45m in damages, the husband claims he had logged out of the app on his wife’s phone but she continued to receive updates of his rides. The couple have since divorced.
France remained the world’s most popular travel destination in 2016 despite a fall in the total number of tourists. Some 82.5 million people visited France, representing a drop of 1.3% since 2015.
SMB Habitat, an estate agency in Pau, has donated more than €10,000 to charity after pledging to give 10% of the fees earned on a sale to the charity of the buyer’s choice.