INTRODUCTION: The French armaments industry is putting its products on display to potential buyers from around the world at an exhibition near Paris.
SVs Artillery shells
SV PAN Tanks and shells on display
SV Armoured vehicles lined up (2 shots)
SV Visitors touring exhibition
GV Gendarmes touring display
SVs Armoured vehicles (3 shots)
SV Rocket launchers and radar on top of armoured vehicles
CU PULL BACK Sign on anti-tank missiles
SV Armoured helicopter
SV Rocket launchers on armoured vehicle
SV Tanks on manoeuvres as crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV Soldiers on manoeuvres
GV PAN Armoured truck on manoeuvres as newsmen look on (2 shots)
SV Soldiers and tanks on exercise as cameraman films (2 shots)
GV Tank on exercise as crowds look on (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The French armaments industry is putting its products on display to potential buyers from around the world at an exhibition near Paris. A total of 195 private and nationalised companies are seeking orders for the latest French military hardware. Official delegations from 80 countries are expected to visit the show.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition is held at Satory, near Versailles, once very two years. This year's show is the eighth.
To the French arms manufactures Satory is the most important exhibition in the world.
France has a particularly strong interest in the arms market, as it is the world's third largest supplier behind the United States and the Soviet Union.
The exhibits at Satory consists mainly of arms for ground forces. France is well known as an exporter of military aircraft, such as the famous Mirage series of fighter-bombers, but ground weapons form a growing proportion of its arms sales. They currently account for 16 per cent of French military exports.
Among the armoured cars and anti-tank missiles on show is the Puma helicopter, which carries up to 20 troops.
In addition to the static display, there are working demonstrations of some exhibits. The AMX-30 tank is put through its paces for prospective clients.
This year's exhibition comes at a time when doubts are being cast about future French arms exports. As yet the position of the new Socialist government of Francois Mitterrand on the country's huge arms sales remains unclear. At the Paris Air Show earlier this month emphasis was diverted firmly away from military aircraft.
And Socialist Party General Secretary Lionel Jospin has criticised the French economy's reliance on arms exports. But when Defence Minister Charles Hernu consulted trade union leaders on the matter he found their main concern was to preserve jobs. The new Prime Minister, Pierre Mauroy, has given an assurance that existing arms contracts abroad will be honoured. But the Socialist government has already indicated that it would not be prepared to sell armaments to South Africa, Argentina or Chile.