In pictures: Laval Virtual kicks off in France

Virtual reality and augmented reality are the core to the show.
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From 22 to 26 March, 2017, the world’s largest virtual and augmented reality fair takes a wide view with a space of over 6,000 m2 dedicated to new technologies and uses of the virtual dimension. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Now an unmissable event in the world of virtual and augmented reality, Laval Virtual brings together the main players in the market with more than 200 exhibitors. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Resolutely oriented towards the international scene – China is the country in the spotlight this year – the fair will be welcoming many companies from all over the world, including Microsoft, HTC, Eon and Samsung. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Fair has had to open new spaces to meet demand. With an additional 1,000 m2 compared to 2016 (6,100 m2 vs 5,200 m2), this new edition promises to be exceptional. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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A visitor tries out a 'hypersuit' flying simulator during the 'Laval Virtual' virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D techonology show in Laval, western France. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Visitors will also be able to attend numerous round tables, conferences and various awards ceremonies. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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A visitor uses gloves and a Virtual Reality (VR) headset during the 'Laval Virtual' virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D techonology show in Laval, western France. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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The first 3 days of this new edition will again be dedicated to professionals, scientists and developers who will be able to discover a fair that is unique in the world and presents the latest technological innovations in virtual and augmented reality. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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A visitor uses a Virtual Reality (VR) headset during the 'Laval Virtual' virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D techonology show in Laval, western France. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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A visitor plays nursing a baby with a Virtual Reality (VR) headseat during the 'Laval Virtual' virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D techonology show in Laval, western France. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Thu 23 Mar 2017 12:08 PM GST