Mysterious wave of syringe attacks on bars and festivals in France

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Between the end of March and the end of May, more than 350 complaints have been filed. The incident, which already took place last year in the United Kingdom, raises concern among youth and businessmen of entertainment venues.

People dancing in a nightclub in France.
People dancing in a nightclub in France.Sylvain ThomasAFP
  • Investigation Concern in France over dozens of syringe attacks in nightclubs

first scene. At the Ware House in Nantes in late March, a famous concert hall, 19-year-old Charlotte, along with several friends, is crowded. At one point, she feels someone touching her pants. He turns but sees nothing. A few seconds later, his hand feels heavy and warm. He starts getting dizzy. He goes out and then he finds out. ,I have a hole in my arm“Charlotte, a few days later, will tell the lost ‘l’express. Second scene. May 27, in the Zenith Room, Rouen. At the Trappe Trappe Festival, several young people – three men and three women – say they are victims The police have confirmed that they are investigating three cases and conducting toxicological analysis.

There is a distance of more than 300 km and two months between these two landscapes. At this time, the strange phenomenon of syringe attacks has spread to nightclubs and concert halls across the country. Between the end of March and the end of May, more than 350 complaints of stings have been filed; In May alone, about 200. This figure was given by the media ‘France Info’ after collecting dozens of evidence of an incident happening since March.

Investigators do not know the motives of the suspects and so far no one has been arrested. Furthermore, except for two cases in the Western Pyrenees region, in which victims were injected Liquid Bliss or GHB (A drug with effects similar to alcohol sometimes called a “date rape drug”), it is not known what was in the syringes. The risk exists because some diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis B, are spread through punctures or wounds. To eliminate psychosis, it has been confirmed that multiple bites are not the result of syringes, but Ordinary needle.

With summer approaching, the organizers of the concert are taking precautions and raising their fingers to put an end to such strange occurrences. “We are very concerned,” confirmed the organization of artificial paradise, a rap festival held in Lille last weekend, where more than 6,000 people gathered. The appointment had strengthened security protocols to prepare for puncture victims to attend at the earliest, something that fortunately did not happen.

festival take precautions

Gregory Allard, director of another electronic music festival to be held next August in the Nord Pas de Calais area, admitted to La Voix du Nord these days that he would be “extremely cautious” and would re-register at the entrance. Event. The presence of teams at many of these festivals Associations against Addictions Volunteers To provide assistance if necessary.

In Belgium, on 25 May, 24 young people with symptoms of nausea, headache and hyperventilation went to the First Aid Center of the We Are Young Festival in Hasselt. The festival was postponed but the analysis did not find any harmful substances in the victims. However, officials warn that if you do get a puncture it needs to be reported as soon as possible, as many drugs disappear from the blood after a few hours.

Despite grabbing headlines and attention, this phenomenon is nothing new. Last fall, something similar (and with more repercussions) happened in the United Kingdom. A student named Sarah Buckle confessed to the newspaper ‘The Times’ that she was trapped in a syringe when she was at a nightclub in September 2021. She woke up the next day in a hospital, with a small wound in her arm and spent the rest of the night without remembering what she had done.

At the end of October, ‘The Guardian’ reported 198 poisonings in entertainment venues, of which 56 would have been produced by injection. In the same month, Labor Party member Anna McMorin directly questioned the British ‘Premier’ boris johnson On the issue in Parliament: “Women and girls are always the victims. How many more have to ‘hunt’ before the Prime Minister can act?” Then a movement baptized as ‘Girls Night In’ began to take shape in that country, calling for a boycott of the bar in the United Kingdom.

In January 2022, British police confirmed that he had received Up to 1,300 puncture reports in the last six months, Far from these figures, the concern now seems to be in France, where, despite everything, there are a majority of young people – and night businessmen – who call for peace. Patrick Malvas, president of the National Union of Nightclubs and Leisure Venues in France, admitted to Euro News that the incidents were “an example of the damage caused by a rumour.” In a report published in “La Dupache”, several young women reported that “over the years we have been very careful, we never drop our drinks, we look at each other.” And now bites. The meeting place for many young people in Toulouse, Emma, ​​a young woman sitting on the banks of the Garonne river, tried to settle: “many things can happen in one night, What we can’t do is stop living.”

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