Ad tycoon Jean-Claude Decaux, pioneer of self-cleaning public toilets, dies at 78

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Jean-Claude Decaux is shown at the launch of a bike-sharing program in Nantes, France in 2008.

A French tycoon whose company is credited with starting the first bike-sharing program and making the first self-cleaning public toilet has died at the age of 78.

Jean-Claude Decaux founded one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising firms. He also is said to have invented the idea of “street furniture” — public spaces, such as bus shelters, that feature space for ads.

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