The defence event, hosted by French Land and Airland Defence and Security Association (GICAT) and defence exhibition organiser COGES, was due to take place from 8 to 12 June in Paris. Its cancellation follows the calling off of the Farnborough International Airshow and Royal International Air Tattoo, also due to take place this year.

In a statement, the organisers said that the health situation in France was ‘deteriorating’ day by day and that the global spread meant that the safety of visitors could not be assured.

Eurosatory’s statement read: “The sanitary situation due to Covid-19 is deteriorating daily in France and has spread throughout the world.

“The conditions for preparing and running the exhibition, which would protect the health and safety of the 100,000 expected participants, visitors, exhibitors and organisers, cannot be met.”

The event was due to welcome visitors and exhibitors from 63 countries and around 100,000 visitors from across the world.

The statement added: “Many international and French exhibitors registered for the Eurosatory trade fair scheduled from 8 to 12 June 2020 are no longer able to prepare their participation and configure or transport the necessary equipment. It also appears that the very large number of foreign visitors expected to participate in the fair can no longer plan their trip to France.”

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Eurosatory said that it had considered postponing the event, however, it said that the conditions to do so could not be met. The show will next return in June 2022.