Before the doors open

When one visits a major trade exhibition one rarely thinks about the armies of people who worked so hard to ensure that everything was ready in time.

FOB explored the alleyways – that looked a bit like a battlefield one has to admit – on this Saturday prior to the opening of Eurosatory, the largest land, airland and security exhibition in the world, that will open its doors from 13 to 17 June inclusive at the Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord Villepinte.

Below are some photos. You’ll see that whilst some exhibitors were almost ready to receive visitors this weekend, others were, shall we say, a little less prepared!

Whilst you look at these photos imagine the smells of resin, paint, freshly sawn wood and hear the sounds of drills, electric screwdrivers and saws against a background of competing and clashing music that each group of workers was listening to.

 

 

Le stand du Ministère de la Défense n'est pas encore tout à fait prêt à recevoir les VIP ! (crédit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

The French Ministry of Defence stand is not quite ready to welcome VIPs! (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

On finit de bien fignoler la banderole Eurosatory (crédit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

Finishing touches are put to the Eurosatory banner (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are many stepladders around  (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

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Time for a well-earned pause (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mini-tractors get rid of the debris (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

Les fleurs sont déployés même si les fauteuils ne le sont pas encore (credit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

The flowers are ready even if the chairs are not (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

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“So, what colour was I meant to use?” (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

On dirait presque un mannequin, mais non, il faut peindre même là où peu de personnes le verra (credit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

He looks unreal but he is actually painting (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Is there enough space here?” (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

 

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This stand is nowhere near ready (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

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This is the best way to ensure that one’s shoe leather does not wear out before the show has even begun (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On scie... (credit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

Sawing… (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

On dépoussière tout... (crédit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

Dusting… (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Il ne faut pas oublier de se restaurer (crédit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

This group brought a picnic table with them (photo: Christina Mackenzie)

 

 

 

 

 

Ce stand est presque fini (crédit photo: Christina Mackenzie)

This stand is almost ready to welcome visitors (photo: Christina Mackenzie)