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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.

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