The Paris attacks and Europe's 'overlooked' traffic in arms


One of the key issues arising from the Paris terror attacks on Friday November 13th is the apparent ease with which the perpetrators and other terrorists got their hands on significant numbers of “decommissioned” military assault weapons. Belgium, where some of those who carried out the Paris attacks lived, is said by many to be the hub of the flourishing illegal firearms trade in Europe. Mediapart's Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant interviewed Belgian expert Cédric Poitevin on the issue.

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Following the Paris terror attacks on November 13th, Mediapart interviewed Belgian academic Cédric Poitevin (below, right), deputy director of the Brussels-based independent research centre the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP), about the issue of the illegal firearms trade across Europe.