French women don’t pee. It’s called survival instinct.

When you’re a girl and you have to spend the day outside of your comfy home, there is always a moment when you’ll need a bathroom. Not that guys don’t pee, just that it’s easier to pee outside when you’re a guy than when you’re a girl.
And here is a wonderful thing about the USA: their public restrooms. Not that France does not have some no. It’s just not the same kind.

When I arrived to the US, I would never use a restaurant’s bathroom. I had this conviction that it would be disgusting. But I don’t know how they do that but peeing in a public bathroom in the US is like peeing on gold. Seriously.

For those of you who want to visit France… well, France isn’t exactly the same way. Walking to a public restroom can become an adventure. Of course, some restrooms are great. We have one clean public bathroom in Lyon. We’re proud of that. For the rest, there are some things you need to go before going to France.


First, you don’t use a restroom if you’re not a client. No, you can’t enter a Starbucks in France, or any café / restaurant just to use their restroom. They want your money first. Depending on where you go, you might even need a code. Now, I’m thinking about Mc Donald’s, but I’m sure it’s true for some other places too. I told you, they want your money, so the code is on your receipt. It even happened to me that I got checked by some security guy. In case of an out of law pee.

Second, don’t wear open shoes. I told you, going to the bathroom in France can be an adventure. I was not joking. The floor is really muddy. It seems like it rained / snowed in this little room. It also seems that this little room used to be a mountain path. Don’t forget. Wear hiking shoes.

Third, don’t sit. Seriously, don’t sit. That’s how French girls work out. You do not know what was on this toilet seat. Though, you can guess just by looking at it. Avoid any skin contact.

Fourth, bring your money. Not everywhere, but in some places, you’ll find some pee ladies. They’re not really made out of pee, that’s just a name. But sometimes yes, you’ll have someone seated in front of the restroom and asking for your money. You can’t pee if you don’t pay.

So, as you can guess, fifth, pee before leaving for your day. French women learn not to pee during their childhood – schools’ bathrooms ain’t any better. You can do it too, but it requires that you don’t forget to use your bathroom before leaving. Or you’re screwed.

So, next time you go to a public bathroom in the US, enjoy, take pictures of the place, have a little party there. Because you won’t be able to do that in France.

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About Leslie Is Hungry

I’m a French student who decided to stay in the US when she was supposed to go back. Here is my experience as a non-exchange student, as a foreigner, as a woman, as an intern. Welcome to the Amerifrench life!
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10 Responses to French women don’t pee. It’s called survival instinct.

  1. artstylelove says:

    Haha, this is great! Boys have it so much easier when we pee. And let’s not get started on the squat toilets…

  2. Jade says:

    J’ai des photos uniques des toilettes du bâtiment G de Lyon 2. Sublime.

  3. BisonWoman says:

    Oh my. Who would have thought?

  4. Marie says:

    On revient juste du Japon, où les toilettes sont merveilleuses, et je me suis fait exactement la même réflexion! Les femmes de ces pays doivent être très malheureuses chez nous…

  5. Scott says:

    I enjoyed your bits of humor. It is very similar in Russia. Especially with the pee ladies, they are all over the place.

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