With The Olympics In A Year, Paris Has A Bedbug Infestation

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For our UK/European friends, be careful since I imagine there’s a lot of traveling from Paris

‘No one is safe’: France vows action as bedbugs sweep Paris (msn.com)
The French government has vowed action to “reassure and protect” the public as its capital Paris reports a “widespread” rise in bedbugs.
French Transport Minister Clement Beaune said Friday he would “bring together transport operators next week” to “undertake further action” to “reassure and protect” the public from the reported surge in the numbers of the blood-sucking insect.
The announcement comes as calls for government action from Paris officials and trade unions mount after several videos of bedbugs spotted in public transport and other locations such as cinemas have surfaced on social media.
Speaking to French TV station LCI on Friday, deputy mayor of Paris Emmanuel Gregoire called the phenomenon “widespread.”
“You have to understand that in reality no one is safe, obviously there are risk factors but in reality, you can catch bedbugs anywhere and bring them home,” he said.
Three years ago, the French government launched an anti-bedbug campaign, which includes a dedicated website and an information hotline, as numbers of the insect surged.
But Gregoire said that despite that plan, “there are 3.6 million people who come into Paris every day, and bedbugs do not stop on the outskirts of the city.”
An expert from France’s national health and sanitary body, Anses, said the problem was “an emerging phenomenon in France and almost everywhere in the world.”
“It’s mainly due to the movement of people, populations traveling, the fact that people stay in short-term accommodation and bring back bedbugs in their suitcases or luggage,” Johanna Fite from the Anses department of risk assessment told CNN.
She added there was an “escalation” in numbers because bedbugs were increasingly resistant to insecticides.
“We are observing more and more bedbug populations which are resistant, so there is no miracle treatment to get rid of them,” Fite said.
However, the Paris deputy mayor warned against “hysteria” over the issue, noting there had been an “increase in Parisians who are referring to the town hall’s information services for information on bedbugs”.
“Professional companies which intervene in residential areas are telling us that currently the proportion of interventions for bedbugs is atypical compared to normal and is increasing rapidly,” he said.
The news comes as Paris gets ready to host the 2024 Olympics Games, but officials say they are not worried.
“There is no threat to the Olympic Games,” Gregoire said.
“Bedbugs existed before and they will exist afterward,” he added, saying the games were an “opportunity” for everybody to work together on the issue.
 
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Can’t say I’ve ever been, though my French bestie says to avoid Paris if I ever go to France and go to the south.
 
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It wasn’t my room, but I remember when bedbugs were an issue on the other side of my dorm building (we had two wings).
 
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Bedbugs can be taken care of, plus there is probably a more prevalent threat of STIs being spread amongst athletes during the Olympics.
 
Yeah, I’ve heard since my high school French class days that Paris is best avoided and that there are large-to-medium cities in France that are much nicer.

And as for ranking these calamities (STDs or bedbugs) I’d pick C: none of the above.
 
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Bed bugs are a kicker, no doubt. However, I would like to find a clean place in Paris, so I can practice my French. Il faut parler et practiquer mon francais toujours possible, toutes les fois possible. Je ne veut pas ouvlier mon francais. Je veut etre dominant et fluid en francais. Que pensez vous de mon francais? Vous trouvez que mon francais est bon ?

…and you people thought I only speak Spanish and English.

Once again, I have to find a clean, bug-free place in Paris where I can practice my French.

José M.
 
Don’t come to the US Jose. Most major cities here have a bedbug problem.
 

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