The RATP is categorical: "no presence of bed bugs was found" in the train out of the commercial service to be assessed, after the report on September 27 of a driver of line 8 of the metro reporting a possible infestation of his cabin by the parasite. And the Parisian Régie goes even further, ensuring that "in recent days, no proven case of bed bug has been found in our equipment". And this, whether in the metro, the RER, trams or buses.
Recalling being "extremely vigilant on the subject", the RATP also relies on the remarks reported by the president of the National Institute for Studies and Fight against Bed Bugs (INELP) Marie Effroy, who recently reported on BFM Paris that there had never been "to date a very important infestation in the means of transport, And that's something we master well." A good opportunity for the group to put an end to the controversy that has been swelling for several days on social networks on the presence of this parasite in the Paris metro.
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Vigilance remains the order of the day
However, vigilance remains required on the part of the public authorities, while many experts report an explosion in the number of proven cases in France, and more particularly in the Paris region. "Each report is taken into account and is subject to processing up to the exit of the commercial service of the equipment concerned in order to be appraised by a specialized service provider," recalls the RATP, which promises that "if a pest is detected, an appropriate treatment is then carried out".
In the meantime, the subject continues to be debated, to the point of becoming highly political. The Minister Delegate for Transport Clément Beaune even announced that he would bring together transport operators, in order to "inform on the actions taken and act more at the service of passengers". Meeting to be held this Wednesday in the presence of SNCF and RATP in particular as well as the Union of Public and Rail Transport (UTP), the National Federation of Passenger Transport (FNTV), the Union of French Airports (UAF), the National Federation of Aviation and its Trades (FNAM) and the National Federation of Transport Users Associations (FNAUT), according to his office.
In parallel, the president of the deputies Renaissance Sylvain Maillard announced Tuesday that a transpartisan text would be presented "early December" against the "scourge" of bedbugs, while the elected LFI will table on their side a motion for a resolution. On the side of the Minister of Health Aurélien Rousseau, we try to defuse the bomb: there is, according to him, "no general panic" to have in the face of bed bugs, whose presence has "certainly" been reported in many public places in recent weeks but whose cases have not necessarily been proven.