The biggest arms exhibition in Europe, Eurosatory, has been scrapped due to the coronavirus crisis. The biennial event in Paris that draws hundreds of defense companies from around the world and about 100,000 visitors will next be held in June 2022.
"The conditions for preparing and running the exhibition, which would protect the health and safety of the 100,000 expected participants, visitors, exhibitors and organisers, can not be met," organizers said in a message posted on the exhibition's website.
According to the organizers, "Many international and French exhibitors registered for the Eurosatory trade fair scheduled from June 8 to 12, 2020 are no longer able to prepare their participation and configure or transport the necessary equipment. It also appears that the very large number of foreign visitors expected to participate in the fair can no longer plan their trip to France."
"The current situation no longer makes Eurosatory possible in 2020. It is with immense disappointment that GICAT (French Land and Airland Defence and Security Association) and its subsidiary COGES are forced to cancel the fair planned for June," said the organizers.
"Therefore, Eurosatory team invites you to the next edition of the exhibition that will be held from June 13 to 17, 2022."