Paris hospital offers to pay Parisians €50 per poo (and ends up clogged with volunteers)

Parisians are queuing up to take advantage of a nice little earner after a hospital advertised that it would pay €50 for each stool sample provided, in the name of scientific research. And there is a backlog of volunteers.

Paris hospital offers to pay Parisians €50 per poo (and ends up clogged with volunteers)
Hôpital Saint-Antoine is looking for volunteers to offer their poo for cash. Photo: AFP

The Saint-Antoine hospital in the east of the French capital is asking for members of the public to donate their faeces for research purposes.

The establishment is searching for “healthy volunteers to provide one or several stools” and those who stump up the goods will earn themselves €50 if they are selected to take part.

Before you head over to Hôpital Saint-Antoine there are are conditions, however. Volunteers need to be aged between 18 and 49-years-old and be part of the French health insurance system.

Volunteers must also not be undergoing any kind of medical treatment.

The samples will be used as part of research into inflammatory bowel disease.

“The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation on the evolution of the disease,” reads a notice put up in the hospital that has been widely shared on social media.

And the hospital isn't short of volunteers.

“The telephone number given on the appeal has been overloaded,” hospital chiefs told France Info.

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is the administration of a solution of fecal matter from a donor into the intestinal tract of a recipient in order to directly change the recipient’s microbial composition to benefit their health.

It has been recognised as an authorised treatment in France since 2014 although only 30 hospitals carry out the procedure. 

There is no “stool bank” in France contrary to the United States or the Netherlands.


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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.