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    Mystery nightclub needle pricks baffle European authorities
    37 mins agoSource: Associated Press
    Across France, more than 300 people have reported being pricked out of the blue with needles at nightclubs or concerts in recent months.

    No one knows who's doing it or why, and whether the victims have been injected with drugs - or indeed any substance at all.

    Club owners and police are trying to raise awareness, and a rapper even interrupted his recent show to warn concert-goers about the risk of surprise needle attacks.

    It's not just France. Britain's government is studying a spate of "needle spiking", and police in Belgium and the Netherlands are investigating scattered cases too.

    On May 4, 18-year-old Tomas Laux attended a rap concert in Lille in northern France, where he smoked a bit of marijuana and drank some alcohol during the show.

    When he came home, he said he was feeling dizzy and had a headache - and he spotted a strange little skin puncture on his arm and a bruise.

    The next morning, the symptoms didn't disappear and Laux went to his doctor, who advised him to go to the emergency room.

    Medics confirmed evidence of a needle prick, and Laux was tested for HIV and hepatitis. His results came out negative, like other victims' so far.

    "I've given up going to concerts since it happened," Laux said.

    Hundreds of kilometres away, Leanne Desnos recounted a similar experience after going to a club in the southwest city of Bordeaux in April...

  • #2
    I'd hope they're testing these people for monkeypox as well. This has been going on for a month or more, though, with none of the cases reporting rash or other monkeypox symptom, so that seems unlikely, along with the fact that these cases are mostly women, whereas the monkeypox outbreak is mostly male.


    • #3
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      Dozens of cases revealed this weekend: The wave of wild injections continues, hundreds of people now affected

      Published on 06/13/2022 at 6:00 PM

      An unexplained wave of injections has affected young people since the beginning of April in nightclubs, bars and festivals throughout France.

      The black series continues in France. Two complaints for injections were filed this Monday in Dijon after the VYV Festival this weekend of June 11 and 12, 2022, according to information from France Bleu Bourgogne. An investigation is opened.

      And that's not all. In the metropolis of Lyon, four young women filed a complaint this weekend for violence with a weapon by destination after feeling a sting. The first alleged sting would have occurred on Friday evening at Ninkasi in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon, during a concert. A second person was allegedly stung in the arm on a bus in Vénissieux.

      The third would have taken place on Saturday during the Pride march, when the procession arrived at the Tête d'Or park. The last sting occurred on the quai Rambaud in Lyon, according to Le Progrès, on the night of Saturday to Sunday.

      Also this weekend, four people also victims of "wild injections" were identified during the concert of the 80s in Sinceny in the Aisne. They would not suffer from any symptoms, but these are the first cases identified in the department according to the gendarmerie.

      The phenomenon therefore seems to be taking a turn in recent days, and social networks are no strangers to this upsurge in cases.

      Ten young teenagers were pricked with a diabetes tester by sixth-grade students at their college in Toulon. According to BFMTV, two middle school girls in sixth grade would have used a diabetes tester to prick ten children. “We have two extremely young minors, aged 12, who are involved. They have not yet been heard so I want us to be able to keep calm around that and around the behavior of these young teenagers. who have done something beyond them ," the public prosecutor of Toulon told BFMTV.

      According to a latest report revealed by our colleagues from 20 Minutes, the police have identified 461 victims and registered 381 complaints since the first reports. Figures that do not take into account the latest events. In Paris, fifteen investigations were opened.

      Already in May in Nîmes, 51 people claimed to have been victims of savage injections during the feria. In Marseille, a 15-year-old teenager was admitted to the emergency room of Saint-Joseph hospital after falling ill during Jul's concert at the Vélodrome stadium.

      The Papillons de Nuit festival in Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves in the Manche department has been affected by cases of mysterious bites. According to our colleagues from the Gazette de la Manche, the organizers report "nine reports of wild injections " out of the 86,000 spectators present during the three days of concerts, from June 3 to 5, 2022.

      Finally, four other people filed a complaint, saying they were pricked on Saturday June 6, during the Pentecost festival in Vic-Fezensac, in the Gers. Seven people in total, four men and three women, claimed to have been victims of these "injections" , but not all of them filed a complaint, the public prosecutor of Auch Jacques-Edouard Andrault told AFP.

      Because the consequences of these injections are currently not serious. "Out of more than a hundred samples taken, no substance was found, in particular this famous GHB which we hear a lot about, but also other substances which have been searched for exhaustively" , confirmed to France 3 the Professor Joëlle Micallef, Director of the Center for Assessment and Information on Drug Dependence – Addictovigilance (CEIP-Addictovigilance) PACA Corse.

      What to do in case of injections?

      Still, in the event of a prick, you must reach an emergency service as quickly as possible, without waiting, at any time of the day and night, for optimal care.

      A specific protocol is put in place in the event of a suspected shot: rapid urine and blood samples for toxicological, biochemical and serological analyses, observation of any traces of injection, taking of vital parameters, infectious care may be offered on a case-by-case basis. case.

      Martial Mehr
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela


      • #4
        Man charged over mystery needle attacks in France

        JUNE 6, 2022 / 9:31 AM / AFP

        Marseille— French prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man in southern France in connection with a fresh spate of needle attacks that have mystified police and alarmed authorities since the start of the year. The man was detained and charged on Sunday, two days after around 20 people reported needle injuries during the filming of a televised concert on a Riviera beach in Toulon on Friday evening.

        One woman was hospitalised and police had to be called in after reports of the stabbings caused panic in the crowd.

        The suspect was identified by two women who said that he attempted to assault them, leading him to be charged with aggravated and premeditated armed violence, prosecutors in Toulon said.

        "At the current stage of the investigation, the suspect denies the allegations entirely, but given the witness statements, the prosecutor's office believes there is sufficient evidence to open a case and present him to a judge (to be charged)," the Toulon prosecutor Samuel Finielz said.
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        • #5
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          Marmande. Case of wild bites at the Garorock festival: what we know

          The organizer of the Garorock festival spoke about the cases of wild bites observed, from June 30 to July 3, 2022, in Marmande (Lot-et-Garonne). What we know.

          By Lucie Vigue
          Published on 5 Jul 22 at 11:46
          Republican Lot-et-Garonne

          Difficult to date to determine the exact number of wild bites during the four days of the Garorock festival in Marmande. From June 30 to July 3, 2022, 140,000 spectators attended the dantesque shows of big headliners such as DJ Snake, Stromae, Orelsan, M, etc.

          During the traditional press briefing at the end of Garorock on Sunday, the organizers wanted to reassure about this “mini-psychosis”, as Christophe Sabot , president of Olympia Production, described it around cases of wild stings.

          Bad taste jokes?

          At this time of the festival, around twenty cases of wild bites were recorded, “there is no inoculation, no substance” continues the organizer, detailing:

          "People who wanted blood or serological tests were accompanied by the organization to carry them out. There was no injection of hazardous materials. These are people who have fun creating psychosis using compasses , of a tool that stings, there is no injection"
          Christophe Sabot
          president of Olympia Production

          Awaiting blood results

          Words to reassure, but which are to be taken with tweezers. Indeed, according to the authorities, it is impossible to confirm that no product was inoculated. If blood samples have been taken, the results of the analyzes are not yet known.

          Of all the bite reports, some actually had nothing to do with needles. It could be insect bites for example.

          52 certified needle sticks, 15 complaints lodged

          On the other hand, 52 injections were made with needles. The doctors, present on the spot, certified them. In fact, health professionals initiated the procedure to be followed by redirecting the victims to judicial police officers to hear them.

          15 complaints were filed resulting in as many blood tests. The results are not yet known. For the time being, it is impossible to know whether a product has been inoculated or not.

          Men and women targeted

          The facts have affected men and women without distinction. A few cases have been committed in the camping area, most of them at concerts. The victims did not show any particular symptoms.

          Despite these incidents, the 25th anniversary of Garorock brought together 140,000 festival-goers over four days, including 94,000 campers. After two years of absence, it's a big comeback for the Marmande festival.


          Gers: three complaints filed for wild bites at the Eauze feria

          Miscellaneous facts , Eauze , Gers
          Published on07/05/2022 at 15:28

          The essential Cases of wild bites were reported on the night of Saturday July 2 to Sunday July 3 on the sidelines of the Eauze feria. Three complaints were filed by two young men and a minor.

          It has become a very bad habit. After wild bites reported during the Bandas festival in Condom , in May, then at the Vic-Fezensac feria in June, it is the turn of the Eauze feria to deal with this large-scale national phenomenon this year.

          Current analyzes

          Three cases were thus reported to the gendarmes on the night of Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July. The victims, two men in their twenties and a 16-year-old girl, filed a complaint. An investigation has been initiated. "Depending on the case, samples are taken to be able to find out whether substances have been administered, but nothing in the state allows us to say that substances have been administered", indicates the public prosecutor Jacques-Edouard Andrault. Analyzes are in progress.

          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela


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            Wild stings at Vieilles Charrues: more than 30 suspected cases and four complaints

            Published on July 22, 2022 at 1:11 p.m.
            For several months, the phenomenon of wild stings in the evening has been worrying everywhere in France. It did not spare the very exposed Vieilles Charrues festival , which ended on Sunday July 17 in Carhaix.

            The Finistère prefecture unveiled this Friday the results of the mobilization of the security and emergency services during the Vieilles Charrues festival. Cases of suspected wild stings have indeed been identified there according to the authorities.

            “34 cases of suspicion of stings were noted, of which 4 gave rise to the filing of a complaint”, specifies the prefecture in a press release.
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela