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Eurosatory Kept in Peace


Every other year, Eurosatory is back, and every time, peace activists and activists against the arms trade try to use it to raise awareness about how the French state and French companies don't care about peace when it comes to building, selling, and buying armament systems and components.
On the Tuesday of what they call the "International Land and Air Homeland Defence Week", Eurosatory's organisers are hosting an Official Exhibitor Reception, which was this year at les Invalides – well known building in Paris. This is normally the opportunity for us to show our disgust and our opposition to this trade. Well, normally - as this year - opponents to Eurosatory have been sent half a mile from the spot as if we were so badly hurting their conscience...

La MORT récompense Nexter Electronics d’un « Death Award »

Death awardDeath award Ce mercredi 16 juin 2010, une douzaine d'inspecteurs citoyen/ne/s du collectif « Non au missile M51 » se sont rendu/e/s chez Nexter Electronics (GIAT Industries) à Toulouse pour accompagner la mort venue décerner à cette entreprise exemplaire le prix spécial « Eurosatory ».


Les Profiteurs de guerre et les Marchands d'armes festoient à l'Hôtel National des Invalides

Rassemblement aux abords des Invalides à Paris !

15 juin 2010, 18h.

Du 14 juin au 18 juin 2010, aura lieu EUROSATORY, la semaine internationale de la défense, terrestre, aéroterrestre et sécurité, salon officiel du commerce des armes qui se tient tous les deux ans au parc des expositions de Paris-Nord à Villepinte (93, France), avec pour slogan « Préparer la défense du futur ».

Now or never: get rid of nuclear weapons

Despite the bad weather thousands of Bombspotters have gathered in Kleine Brogel today to denounce the illegal nuclear policy of the Belgian government. They responded to the appeal of Vredesactie and were not intimidated by the massive presence of police and military personnel, kilometres of barbwire, several helicopters and guard dogs that were being deployed in order to try to keep the illegal nuclear policy in place.

European Days of Action against nuclear weapons

Actions for nuclear disarmament at nuclear weapon bases all over Europe

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During the Easter weekend peace organisations all over Europe are staging actions at nuclear weapon bases and command centres, as part of a European Day of Action against nuclear weapons. One month prior to the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference, peace movements in all the European countries with nuclear weapons on their territory (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey and the UK) are sending one message: it is time for nuclear disarmament. The continuing deployment of nuclear weapons does not provide more security, but rather encourages the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Dexia Israel stops financing Israeli settlements

The Belgian-French financial group Dexia has announced it will no longer finance Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories through its Israeli branch Dexia Israel. This is the result of a months-long campaign in Belgium, supported by NGO’s, political parties, local authorities, trade unions and other organisations. Dexia’s management states that financing Israeli settlements is indeed against the bank’s code of ethics and it will stop giving loans due to this.

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Nein zur NATO! Nein zum Krieg! Nein zur Gewalt?

Es war der Erfolg der Konferenz am 3. und 5. April bei Strasbourg, die Vielfältigkeit der europäischen Bewegungen unter der Einigkeit über das Ziel „Nein zur NATO!“ zu versammeln. Quasi im Konzert mit Camp, Blockade und Demonstration sollte ihre Aufgabe darin bestehe, den Schwerpunkt auf Analyse und Strategie zu legen. Diese Anspruch wurde nur zum Teil Wirklichkeit, zum Teil blieb es bei bloßen Informationen und Diskussionen. Doch alles andere wäre keine realistische Erwartung gewesen. Denn erstens handelte es sich um ein äußerst breites Bündnis von verschiedensten Gruppierungen.

Entrevista a Andreas Speck (IRG): "Las acciones contra la OTAN en Estrasburgo deben ser el arranque de un movimiento antimilitarista a escala europea"

Andreas Speck es insumiso y activista histórico del movimiento pacifista y antinuclear en Alemania. En la actualidad es coordinador de la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra (una red pacifista mundial de grupos y personas fundada en 1921) para los programas de apoyo a la objeción de conciencia en países como Colombia, Israel, Grecia, Chile y Corea del Sur.

Conscientious objection: Legal practices and frameworks among EU member states

In this presentation I will give an overview of the right to conscientious objection, its legal practices and frameworks in the 27 European Union member states. Before I do so, I want to step back a bit and have a brief look at the existing international standards about the right to conscientious objection, as these standards allow us to put the practices in the EU member states into a perspective.



  • France does not recognise the right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.

Military recruitment


In 2001, France ended conscription in peacetime1. This was based on a change of the National Service Law in 19972. However, conscription is in fact only suspended, and can be reintroduced in times of war or an emergency.

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