I didn't need another visit to France to remind me of the lavatorial comparisons with Bury St Edmunds, but there is nothing like practical experience to reinforce the message. The photograph above was taken inside the car park facilities in the town of Vire. Unusually this particular loo had a door to it, the inside of which you can see above (any translations?) Most don't, especially for men, and passers by have a pretty full view of what is going on.
So the French really do have a reason to patronise up-market bars and restaurants and manage their lives around such visits - or at least the women do. Although even there they very often have to share the area with men and walk past them before reaching a cubicle. We men can be more casual, and of course in France many avoid the problem by simply using any open space that's convenient when the need arises. Just as well, since not all the French want or can afford to eat out.
All this surely puts Bury in an even better light than our already high rating with the The British Toilet Association. Despite French taxes being high (VAT is already higher and charged on food - Monsieur S wants it higher) they don't seem to put much money into this area of their lives. What would the visitor from Vire think of the supervised Angel Hill/Abbey Gardens loos?