18 people attacked by swarm of hornets at German wine festival

Festival-goers were rushed to the hospital after being stung by a swarm of hornets.

18 people attacked by swarm of hornets at German wine festival
A swarm of hornets attacked people at a festival in Weingarten on Sunday. Photo: DPA
A total of 18 people were attacked by the hornets at the community festival, held to celebrate the end of summer, in the town of Weingarten in Karlsruhe, BILD reports.
Emergency services were called to the scene on Sunday. Thirteen people from the group had to be taken to nearby hospitals for medical treatment, the police said.
The Stuttgarter Zeitung reports that the group were hiking through vineyards at the time. 

The hornets were gathered in their nest in a tree trunk but it's not known what triggered the stinging frenzy. Hornets can be dangerous, particularly to people who suffer from allergies.
No children were hurt in the incident and none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening, according to reports.
Emergency teams helped to ease the panicked crowd. A hornet specialist was called in to ensure the insect nest was properly removed, and the festival area was closed off for the rest of the day. 

Hornets, which belong to the family of wasps but are slightly larger, are a protected species in Germany and their nests may only be moved with official approval.

Both hornets and wasps are very common insects during summertime in Germany. People are advised not to make sudden movements around them or disturb nests to reduce the risk of receiving a nasty sting.

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France’s Fête de la musique ‘will go ahead, with masks and a curfew’

France's famous summer music festival the Fête de la musique will go ahead, but with health restrictions in place, says the culture minister.

France's Fête de la musique 'will go ahead, with masks and a curfew'

Culture minister Roselyn Bachelot, taking part in a Q&A session with readers of French newspaper le Parisien, confirmed that the annual summer festival will go ahead this year on its usual date of June 21st.

The festival date is normally marked with thousands of events across France, from concerts in tiny villages to huge open-air events in big cities and street-corner gigs in local neighbourhoods.

Last year the festival did go ahead, in a scaled-down way, and Bachelot confirmed that the 2021 event will also happen, but with restrictions.

She said: “It will be held on 21st June and will not be subject to the health passport.

“People will be able to dance, but it will be a masked party with an 11pm curfew.”

Under France’s phased reopening plan, larger events will be allowed again from June 9th, but some of them will require a health passport (with either a vaccination certificate or a recent negative test) to enter.

The Fête de la musique, however, is generally focused around lots of smaller neighbourhood concerts.

The curfew is being gradually moved back throughout the summer before – if the health situation permits – being scrapped entirely on June 30th.

Bachelot added: “I appeal to everyone’s responsibility.

“The rate of 50 percent of people vaccinated should have been reached by then, so we will reach an important level of immunity.”

The Fête de la musique is normally France’s biggest street party, with up to 18,000 events taking place across the country on the same day.

It’s hugely popular, despite being (whisper it) the idea of an American – the concept is the brainchild of American Joel Cohen, when he was working as a music producer for French National Radio (France Musique) in the 1970s.

By 1982 the French government put its weight behind the idea and made it an official event and it’s been a fixture in the calendar ever since.