Content of the study:
The self-defence market - France

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1.1 Definition and scope of study

Self-defense is the principle of protection against unjustified aggression. Everyone must have a legitimate reason for carrying (in their vehicle, for example) or carrying on their person a category D weapon (weapons that can be bought and held freely).

In the event of a security check (bag or vehicle check....), the individual must be able to provide a valid reason. to determine whether you have a valid reason for carrying or transporting a weapon, the police, or the judge in the event of a dispute, take into account the place, circumstances and context. Legitimate reason is examined on a case-by-case basis. There are 3 main types of self-defence weapon:

  • Electrical stun guns such as tasers, shockers or electric fists;
  • Defensive batons such as telescopic batons, truncheons or tonfa ;
  • Gas or gel incapacitating weapons, such as tear gas or tear gas canisters.

The size of the global self-defense market reached $2.9 billion in 2021, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.4% to 2030. In France, the number of firearms is estimated at 15 million, i.e. almost one weapon for every 4 individuals (this figure also includes unregistered weapons derived from illegal trafficking).

The main suppliers of defense and self-defense equipment known to date are as follows: SD Equipements, Maxiprotec, Securicount, Baumel, Ducatillon, Armurerie Loisir, and gunsmiths in general. According to Yonathan Malet, founder of the AntiAgression website, the self-defense market has been growing by 20% a year for the past 4 years. At the very start of the lock-in, he even recorded a 20-30% increase in sales over a two-week period. the growth in reported incidents of sexual violence in particular is exponential in France, doubling between 2013 and 2021.

But this growth in reported incidents does not correspond equally to the growth in sexual violence actually perpetrated. Indeed, after the liberation of speech that followed the Weinstein affair and the #MeToo movement, victims have more often revealed the facts than they did in the past. This increase in the popularity of self-defense products therefore seems to stem more from greater media coverage and awareness of violence and insecurity, than from an increase in that insecurity itself, according to Slate.

1.2 The global market

Global market size:

In ****, the global market for self-defense products is estimated at $*.* billion, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of *.*%.

World market sales trends and forecasts

The United States is of course the world's leading market for self-defense weapons, since it is legal to carry firearms. ** million weapons ...

1.3 The French market

The private security market in France:

The market size of the private security sector in France is estimated at *.* billion euros in ****.

Growth in sales for the private security sector France, ****-****, in millions of euros Source: ****

The private security market in France is broader than that of self-defense, but it ...


2.1 A growing sense of insecurity

Increase in the number of assaults:

The number of assaults outside the family has been rising in France in recent years. In ****, nearly ***,*** cases of assault and battery outside the family were recorded, a figure that has risen by **% in five years.

Change in the number of intentional assaults France, ****-****, ...

2.2 Feminization of demand

Rape and sexual assault on the rise in France :

Trend in the number of sexual assaults France, ****-****, in thousands Source: ****

In France, the number of rapes and sexual assaults is rising sharply. From **,*** rapes and attempted rapes to **.* thousand between **** and ****. Other sexual assaults have risen from **.* thousand to ** thousand ...

2.3 Web analysis of demand

Seasonality of demand:

The Google Trends index enables us to evaluate the interest and number of searches over a given period and for a given region. In this way, we can analyze the search interest for self-defense on the Internet.

Evolution of Google searches for the term "self defense France, ****-****, ...


3.1 Number of practitioners

It is very difficult to count the number of self-defense practitioners in France, as there is no real federation, and practice is not necessarily regular (***). In any case, France is a major martial arts and combat sports country, as evidenced by the number of licensed practitioners, and is thus highly conducive ...

3.2 Geographical distribution

In this section, judo-jujitsu clubs have been chosen to reflect the geographical distribution of self-defense practice in France in clubs or associations, as they are the most representative: the FFJ is the federation with the largest number of licensees and clubs for combat sports, martial arts and self-defense; and self-defense classes ...

3.3 Organization: Federations, centers, associations and teachers

Sports federations :

French Judo-Jujitsu Federation French Karate Federation French Taekwendo Federation French Aikido Federation French Kick-Boxing Federation European Krav-Maga Federation

Multi-sport federations :

French Federation of Sport for All French Federation of Combat Sports and Martial Arts

The main centers :

There are a multitude of centers and dojos in France where you ...

3.4 Leading self-defense equipment companies

Here is a list of the main companies selling self-defense equipment (***).

Source: ****


4.1 Self-defense classes

The different types of self-defense courses :

Krav-Maga: for attacking and defending, combines numerous techniques such as boxing, karate, Greco-Roman wrestling and jiu-jitsu. It is used by numerous security agencies and secret services, notably in Israel. Jiu-jitsu: a hybrid style designed to neutralize the opponent's center of gravity. Use of arm locks, ...

4.2 Products for self-defence training

The products below allow you to practice self-defense:

Source: ****

4.3 Self-defence weapons

The self-defense weapons below can be used to defend yourself in the event of aggression.

Source: ****

4.4 Offer diversification

Self-defense on social networks:

Online courses (***).

On TikTok, the SelfDefGirl account promotes a kit containing a glass breaker, an ice pick, a belt cutter, a brass knuckle, a small blade concealed in a fake key and a pepper spray. These objects and defensive weapons are pink in color and decorated with ...


5.1 Self-defence

Main texts :

Art. ***-*:

A person is not criminally liable if, faced with an unjustified attack on himself or another, he simultaneously performs an act in self-defense of himself or another, unless the means of defense used are disproportionate to the seriousness of the attack.cess of self-defense or the legitimate ...

5.2 Self-defense weapons regulations

There are different categories of weapons: category A, subject to authorization, category B, subject to authorization, category C, subject to declaration, and category D, which can be purchased and held freely. [***].

In this section we only deal with category D weapons.

Main weapons classified in category D :

Objects that may constitute ...


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