The government is launching a plan against li bedbugs this Friday.
On Friday, an information campaign was launched, with a dedicated number (0.806.706.806) and a site (stop-punaises.gouv.fr). The government also intends to ask professionals to structure themselves, with a label at the end, and plans to launch a mission soon to the National Assembly to study possible legislative developments.
Bedbugs are insects whose bites cause itching, which develop in mattresses and sheets, as well as furniture and nooks.
While they had practically been eradicated in France in the middle of the 20th century, the Ministry of Housing noted an upsurge, based on figures reported by professionals in the extermination of parasites.
According to them, 400,000 sites, including not only accommodation but also hotels, were treated in 2018, the last reference year, almost a third more than the previous year.
From Griveaux to the rebellious
If the subject of bedbugs is now mobilizing to the government, it has been almost a year since it has emerged more widely in the political world.
In early February, while still the presidential majority candidate for mayor of Paris, Benjamin Griveaux, since replaced by Agnès Buzyn, spoke out for a “municipal public service” against bedbugs.
In the summer of 2019, rebellious MPs asked to recognize bedbug infestations as a public health issue, demanding from the government a “national emergency eradication plan”.
It is, more specifically, the deputy Mathilde Panot who carries the subject, to the point of participating herself in several door-to-door operations alongside associations, in particular in the Marseilles suburbs.