Madame Pipi

It’s the Belgian National Day today! Why not reread this tale of one of the country’s best-known figures.

English-Language Thoughts

Have you ever met Madame Pipi? You can find her, middle-aged to elderly, usually with glasses and cardigan, outside most public toilets in Belgium, sitting at a table, waiting for you to put your 35, 40, or 50c on her little plate. You might also occasionally cross her path in France, where she goes by Dame Pipi. Why is she there, and why does she want the money?

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