The government of Emmanuel Macron is taking action to address the issue of bedbugs in France, which has been described as a “scourge.” This comes after several videos surfaced showing the tiny bugs appearing on public transportation, leading Paris city hall to call for a response.
France’s Transport Minister, Clément Beaune, stated on Friday that he will gather transportation companies next week to share updates on their efforts and take further steps to support travelers. The aim is to provide reassurance and protection.
The Paris mayor’s office reached their limit with the troublesome creatures on Thursday. These pests, known for making their nests in mattresses but also capable of burrowing into luggage and clothing, are causing concern for the French capital as it prepares to host the esteemed Olympic Games in less than a year.
Paris Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Grégoire has called for bedbugs to be recognized as a public health concern and stated this in a letter to French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Thursday, as reported by French media.
“The government needs to promptly assemble all involved parties to implement a comprehensive action plan in response to this issue, especially with France gearing up to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” stated Grégoire.
Grégoire cautioned that nobody is exempt from bedbugs, especially in heavily populated cities such as Paris. He emphasized that they are not limited by city boundaries.
In the past few weeks, there have been viral videos showing bedbugs on trains and the Paris metro. French media reports that bedbugs had disappeared from France in the 1950s but reemerged in the 1990s due to the rise in international travel.
Grégoire issued a warning that this is indeed a national emergency.