The French Minister of Health, Aurélien Rousseau, urges the public to remain calm regarding the issue of bedbugs in Paris.
During an interview with France Inter on Tuesday, Rousseau calmed citizens by stating that there is no need for widespread alarm and that France is not dealing with a bedbug invasion.
Recently, small bugs have been seen on public transportation in Paris, causing concern for both citizens and authorities.
Emmanuel Grégoire, the Deputy Mayor of Paris, urged the government to address the issue of bedbugs before the upcoming 2024 Olympics. The event is expected to attract a large number of tourists to the city next summer, making it crucial to combat this problem.
Although Rousseau encouraged people to unwind, he did mention on Tuesday that having bedbugs is a terrible experience.
Recently, there have been viral videos of bedbugs on trains and the Paris metro. French news reports that these pests were eradicated from France in 1950, but resurfaced in the 1990s as a result of more frequent international travel.
Other countries may also face a battle against bedbugs, as Belgian pest-control companies have seen an increase in reports of infestations in the past few months.