France is grappling with a bed bug problem, with the government warning it must tackle the pests ahead of the Olympics in Paris.
Paris has been particularly affected by the infestation, according to reports, which has become a greater problem in the country over the past few years.
Bed bugs have been spotted in homes, cinemas, hospitals and trains—with the issue now compelling the Transport minister to protect passengers.
“I will bring together transport operators next week to provide information on the actions undertaken and act in the interests of passengers,” Clement Beaune posted on X.
His post came a day after Emmanuel Gregoire, first deputy mayor of Paris, wrote a letter on behalf of City Hall calling on Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne to act on the “scourge”.
“Bed bugs are a public health problem and should be reported as such,” he wrote. “The state must urgently bring together all concerned to enact an action plan appropriate to this scourge as all of France prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.”
Such is the scale of the problem in Paris that Gregoire said on Friday the treatment against bed bugs should be included in home insurance deals. The city is asking the government to organise pest control meetings, he said.