‘People of faith need to take back the words “security” and “defence”.’

French connection: Christopher Hatton on Eurosatory 2022

A Quaker banner in front of Eurosatory, 14-18 June 2010. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-4.0

Back in March, the organisers of Eurosatory 2020, the French ‘defence and security’ exhibition, cancelled this year’s event in Paris. It would have been the world’s largest weapons trade fair, selling military equipment from tanks to missile systems. The organisers indicated that they couldn’t protect the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors, but it does not appear that they were equally solicitous for the millions who are living in fear, dying or being injured by the armaments on sale.

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