Repression and death: how French-made weapons are being used in global conflicts


Despite this country's proclaimed values and its international commitments, French-made weapons are being used to carry out repression and kill civilians in some of the worst conflicts on the planet, including in the Middle East. On the eve of President Emmanuel Macron's tour of Gulf states on 3rd and 4th December, in which further arms deals may be clinched, Mediapart lists some of the conflicts where exported French armaments are being deployed. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.

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“Move on, there's nothing to see here. It's all under control.” That, in essence, is the government's response – that, or the fact that it is “top secret” - when you ask questions about one of the jewels of the French economy which also happens to be one of the murkiest aspects of the French Republic: arms sales, and in particular arms sales to repressive regimes.