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The French government is urging calm as it works to combat an outbreak of bedbugs in the capital city of Paris.
Recent videos from Paris residents showing bedbugs infesting public transportation, movie theaters and other areas of daily life have led to demands for government action.
“You have to understand that, in reality, no one is safe,” Deputy Mayor of Paris Emmanuel Gregoire told French news station LCI.
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First Deputy Mayor of Paris Emmanuel Gregoire answers journalist’s questions after the presentation of the pictograms of each discipline of Paris 2024 and Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
“Obviously, there are risk factors, but in reality, you can catch bedbugs anywhere and bring them home,” he continued.
Minister of Transportation Clement Beaune said Friday he will address the infestation and begin meeting with transportation operators in the coming days.
The insect problem is not a new one — the French government launched an initiative three years ago aimed at informing residents about the spread of bedbugs and offering resources for dealing with them at home.
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Bedbugs are seen in a sofa bed, in L’Hay-les-Roses, near Paris, France, on September 29, 2023. (REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq)
The infestation is made more pressing due to the upcoming Olympic Games, set to take place in Paris next year.
Residents and foreigners wonder whether the bedbug problem will dampen interest in attending the international sporting event, but the deputy mayor is not worried.
“There is no threat to the Olympic Games,” Gregoire told LCI. “Bedbugs existed before, and they will exist afterward.”
This macro photo shows a single bedbug up close — the tiny insects typically spawn large colonies within dark, protected spaces, such as inside furniture or walls. (iStock)
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Deputy Mayor Gregoire called on insurers to include bedbug coverage in house insurance policies, as low-income people rarely have the means to call in pest-control firms.
Bed bugs feed on blood, and while their bites are small and usually not threatening, exposure can cause skin irritation and rashes.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at [email protected]