French court rules anyone working for Israeli defense firm cannot attend arms show in Paris next week

Visitors stand at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) booth at the Eurosatory international land and air defense and security trade fair, in Villepinte, a northern suburb of Paris, on June 13, 2022. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)
Visitors stand at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) booth at the Eurosatory international land and air defense and security trade fair, in Villepinte, a northern suburb of Paris, on June 13, 2022. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

A French district court rules that organizers of the Eurosatory 2024 defense and security trade show must ban any one working for or representing Israeli firms from participating, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by the Le Parisien news outlet.

The French Defense Ministry last month ordered organizers to ban the Israeli defense industry from setting up a stand at the event, saying that “the conditions are no longer right to host Israeli companies at the Paris show, given that the French president is calling for the cessation of IDF operation in Rafah.”

Seventy-four Israeli firms had been set to be represented at the June 17 to 21 event at fairgrounds close to Paris’s main international airport, with Coges previously saying around 10 of them were to exhibit weapons.

However, organizers said that Israelis would still be allowed to visit the fair.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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