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By Catherine Hardy
Tank sprayed with red paint as protesters disrupt huge arms fair

<ul> <li>No recession in the global arms trade</li> <li>France to overtake Russia for second place</li> <li>Middle East is the biggest market</li> <li>Protesters disrupt trade show</li> </ul> <p>Dozens of peace campaigners have disrupted the opening of a major arms exhibition in Paris.</p> <p>Some managed to get inside, throwing red paint over a tank. <p></p> <h3><strong>What is Eurosatory?</strong></h3> </p> <p>The protest took place on the first day of <a href="http://www.eurosatory.com/accueil.aspx">Eurosatory</a> (in French), billed as the world’s largest international land and air-land defence and security trade show.</p> <p>The expo:</p> <ul> <li>features the latest land and air-land defence equipment from across the globe</li> <li>involves 120 different countries</li> <li>UN, EU and <span class="caps">NATO</span> also involved. <p></li> </ul> <h3><strong>The arms industry</strong></h3> </p> <p>The global arms sales industry was worth 65 billion dollars in 2015, according to industry publication <a href="http://www.janes.com/">Jane’s Defence Weekly</a>.</p> <p>It is predicted the industry will continue to grow, with France soon overtaking Russia to take second place behind the US. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Eurosatory : visite de Jean-Yves Le Drian, Ministre de la Défense. <a href="https://t.co/8PQquIfFbZ">pic.twitter.com/8PQquIfFbZ</a></p>— Journal Aviation (@journalaviation) <a href="https://twitter.com/journalaviation/status/742287371891265536">June 13, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>France has seen an increase in arms sales from 36 to 55 billion dollars between 2014 and 2015.</p> <ul> <li>65 countries analysed for global arms exports</li> <li>France jumps from 4th to 2nd place – overtaking Russia.</li> <li>Germany goes from 5th to 3rd place</li> <li>UK drops one place to 6th</li> </ul> <p>The main importers are:</p> <ul> <li>Saudi Arabia – 1st position (9.3 bn dollars)</li> <li>India – 2nd (4.3 bn)</li> <li>Australia – 3rd (2.3 bn)</li> <li>Egypt – 4th (2.2 bn)</li> <li>South Korea – 5th (2.18 bn) <p> <h3><strong>What about the protesters?</strong></h3> </p></li> </ul> <p>A handful of demonstrators gathered outside the venue in Paris.</p> <p>Some managed to get inside. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Leclerc tank gets a new paint job at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eurosatory?src=hash">#Eurosatory</a> courtesy if some protestors! Haha. It blends quite well actually! <a href="https://t.co/X9PWp3cj0X">pic.twitter.com/X9PWp3cj0X</a></p>— Tim Fish (@sweeneygov) <a href="https://twitter.com/sweeneygov/status/742325473863041024">June 13, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>They threw fake red paint and yellow powder on a French Leclerc tank and an armoured vehicle.</p> <p>In protest as what they say is an overly-armed world, they formed a human chain and called for peace and an end to arms production. <p></p> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> </p> <p>“It is important for me, because I work in conflict areas where I see the problems of armaments, I see the problems of false security. Security is important, I understand that. People need to feel secure but there are other ways of working and I work a lot with refugees who have suffered because of armaments, things that are being sold here. So I do know that there are alternatives,” said <strong>Christopher Hatton</strong>, a member of the “Stop Fuelling War” campaign.</p> <p>“2015 was a record year. The global defence industry has never seen growth like that between 2014 and 2015,” – <strong>Ben Moores</strong>, Senior Analyst at <span class="caps">IHS</span>-Jane’s.</p>