Oldest and plushest Paris public loos reopen after lengthy restoration


The Lavatory de la Madeleine, which first opened in 1905 close to the Madeleine church in central Paris, and which contains individual cubicles with mirrors and sinks, Art Nouveau stained glass, mosaics, and ceramics, has reopened to the public, with access costing two euros per sitting, after almost eight years of restoration. 

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Marcel Proust once likened the woman who supervised a grand Paris public lavatory to, “A marquise in her salon, opening the little stalls and speaking with the customers,” reports The Times.