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French toilets are the worst in Europe, according to traveller survey3rd of December 2013
Europe's dirtiest public toilets can be found in France, according to a new survey. And even the French themselves believe their own public conveniences to be the grubbiest on the continent.
Independent travel review site Zoover polled nearly 3,000 holidaymakers about their perceptions of European toilets. Just under a third of European respondents claimed French toilets to be the worst in Europe.
The French were even more critical of their own public washrooms than their neighbours, with 45 per cent of French respondents claiming their toilets to be Europe's worst.
Turkish loos were ranked second dirtiest in Europe with nearly 17 per cent of the votes, while Poland came third with nine per cent. Receiving the fewest votes - and therefore perceived to be the cleanest toilets in Europe - were Portuguese washrooms which were closely followed by those in Switzerland and Austria.
When asked what factors were responsible for a bad toilet experience, 34 per cent of respondents cited a bad smell while 27 per cent felt that a lack of toilet paper was the chief sign of a poor washroom. Another 19 per cent objected to squat-style toilets and dirty seats, while two per cent complained of soap shortages.
Benelux-based Zoover conducted the survey throughout 15 European countries.