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Spotlight on France

French survivalists focus less on guns, more on self-suffiiency, than US counterparts

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A metalsmith hammers a knife at the Survivalist expo in Paris, 25 March 2018
A metalsmith hammers a knife at the Survivalist expo in Paris, 25 March 2018 Sarah Elzas/RFI

Suvivalism is a movement rooted in the United States, but it has its followers in Europe: people who are preparing for natural disasters or social breakdowns by stocking food or building safe houses.

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At a recent survivalism expo, the first of its kind in France, some French survivalists speak about what motivates them, and their concerns about self-sufficiency in an increasinly uncertain world.

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