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France is coming under attack from tiny menace – bedbug. Many videos have been posted on social media with footage of bugs crawling around in trains on Paris metro. Sightings have also been reported in cinemas, museums, and even at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport. Emmanuel Gregoire, deputy mayor of Paris, admitted there was proliferation of minute creatures. He reassured people by saying his government was taking action to deal with "widespread" rise in bedbugs. He also said: "You have to understand that in reality, no one is safe. Obviously, there are risk factors, but, you can catch bedbugs anywhere in world and bring them home."

France's bedbug problem is not new. Three years ago, government launched anti-bedbug campaign to reduce the incidences of infestations in cities. However, despite introducing several measures, the numbers of blood-sucking insects have surged. new initiative is being introduced to cut bug populations, ahead of Paris Olympics in 2024. This includes hiring fumigation companies to help exterminate the bugs. Mr Gregoire said: "There is no threat to Olympic Games." He said: "Bedbugs existed before and they will exist afterwards." sanitation expert agreed. She said problem was, " emerging phenomenon…almost everywhere in the world".

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