Paris accuses Moscow of “bed bug scaremongering.” | EUROtoday

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As of: March 1, 2024 4:28 p.m

In the summer season of 2023, mattress bugs had been free in France – a minimum of within the public eye. The French authorities now suspects that Russia has intentionally stirred up panic right here.

The French “bed bug panic” that made worldwide headlines final fall was fueled by Russia, in accordance with the federal government in Paris. The problem was “inflated in online services by accounts that are connected to Russia,” Europe Minister Jean-Noël Barrot instructed broadcaster TF1.

“There was even a false connection between the arrival of Ukrainian refugees and the spread of bed bugs,” the minister defined. “This was spread by accounts linked to the Kremlin.”

French European Minister Jean-Noël Barrot makes allegations in opposition to Russia.

After the tip of the 2023 summer season holidays, the nocturnal crawlers, which feed on human blood, acquired monumental consideration in on-line providers and in the end in worldwide media. A shaky video of an unidentifiable insect crawling throughout the seat of a practice in broad daylight attracted tens of millions of viewers. The New York Times described the French as having a “collective post-Covid psychosis” due to their mattress bug panic.

Just no mattress bugs on the Olympics

People more and more reported suspected or precise mattress bugs from trains, cinemas and different locations – confirmed by photographs of the parasites. The authorities had taken the difficulty very significantly, additionally with a view to the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024, and referred to as a number of disaster conferences at ministerial stage. Numerous lecture rooms and cinemas had been cleared and completely cleaned, though in some instances it was purely preventive.

According to authorities, the prevalence of mattress bugs has really elevated lately. Between 2017 and 2022, an estimated eleven % of all French households had been affected by mattress bugs. Since the start of this 12 months, mattress bugs have largely disappeared from consideration.

Last 12 months there have been nice fears in France that mattress bugs may turn into extra widespread.

An authority in opposition to destabilization

France arrange an authority in 2021 to detect overseas makes an attempt to destabilize public opinion. According to the French authorities, such actions from Russia have elevated massively because the begin of the Ukraine battle. There is at present nice concern that such cyber assaults may proceed to extend with a view to the Olympic Games.