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France is nervous about the resurgence of blood-sucking bed bugs across the country, as concerns grow over whether the creepy trackers could affect the Paris Olympics next year.
“No one is safe,” said Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy mayor of Paris. he said in a tweet on Friday.
People have seen these bugs in recent days on France’s high-speed trains, in the Paris metro and at the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle airport, and in some cases have posted videos of the bugs online. social. France24 reported.
Earlier this year, the French government agency ANSES said in a report that 11% of French homes had bed bugs between 2017 and 2022, and that infestations were not correlated with wealth.
An increase in travel and growing resistance of bed bugs to insecticides are among the main reasons driving an increase in infestations, the agency said.
Gregory announced who had asked Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne to organize a conference on the fight against bedbugs, calling it a public health issue. She also sent a letter to Borne asking for an “action plan” to deal with the insects, Reuters reported.
Grégoire said it is the responsibility of homeowners and insurers to eradicate invasive species, and that in Paris the costs are typically covered by the poorest households.
French Transport Minister Clément Beaune also joined in on the bedbug jokes. saying in a tweet that would bring together transportation operators this week to provide them with information on efforts to help travelers. The goal was to “reassure and protect,” she said.
Bedbug fears arise as Paris prepares to host the Summer Olympics in July and August 2024.
But Gregoire said: according to CNNthat the insects “pose no threat to the Olympic Games” and instead provide an opportunity for people to work together to combat them.
Bed bugs are small six-legged insects They frequently hide in furniture and bite humans to feed on their blood.