Bedbugs are troubling Paris, need for an emergency meeting; Rapidly increasing cases

Bedbug Cases in Paris: There has been a rise in bedbug cases in France in recent weeks. Citizens have reported seeing bedbugs in places including trains, the Paris Metro, and cinemas. The Olympics are being held in France next year and the increasing cases of bedbugs have increased the concern of France. The French government said on Tuesday it would hold emergency meetings this week on the matter.

Oct 4, 2023 - 10:49
Bedbugs are troubling Paris, need for an emergency meeting; Rapidly increasing cases

Paris, the capital of France, is currently struggling with a public health problem. The cases of bedbug bites are increasing here. In view of this, the French government said on Tuesday that it will hold emergency meetings this week to investigate the increasing number of bedbug cases.

Rising bedbug cases have become a controversial political issue in France in recent weeks. These bedbugs are visible in many public places including trains, Paris Metro, and cinemas.

According to news agency AFP, France is hosting the Olympics in 2024 and during this time many athletes from all over the world will reach here. At the same time, the hosting of the Rugby World Cup is also in the hands of France, due to which the problem of bedbugs has become a matter of concern for the French government.

Two schools in France, one in Marseille and the other in Villefranche-sur-Saône, outside Lyon in south-eastern France, have had the highest number of cases of bedbugs. Local officials said both schools were closed for several days for cleaning.

The purpose of the emergency meeting to be held on Wednesday is to bring the situation under control and find a solution. The meeting will be hosted by Transport Minister Clement Beaune and transport and passenger organizations. After this, an inter-ministerial meeting will also be held on Friday.

Sylvain Maillard, the head of President Emmanuel Macron's Renaissance party in the French National Assembly, said a cross-party bill to tackle the bedbug crisis would be introduced in early December. The matter will be given full priority and the right-wing and hard-left opposition have been urged to make suggestions for a cross-party meeting.

At the same time, Health Minister Aurelien Rousseau stressed on France Inter Radio that there is no need to panic on this issue. Aurelien Rousseau advises people to avoid scams that may take advantage of this bed bug problem. Let us tell you that at present in Paris, citizens are paying 2,000 or 3,000 euros to rid their houses of bedbugs.

Bed bug bites cause red spots, blisters, or large rashes on the skin. This can also cause itching and allergies. Bed bug bites can also cause psychological distress, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer