French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday announced the creation of a new national military space force command that will eventually be part of his country's air force.
The declaration—made on the eve of France's Bastille Day national celebrations that feature a military parade down Paris's Champs-Elysees—mirrors an initiative in the US championed by President Donald Trump.
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"To assure the development and the reinforcement of our capacities in space, a high command for space will be created in September," Macron told military brass gathered for a traditional pre-Bastille Day reception.
He called the renewed military focus on space a "true national security issue".
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Last year Macron had spoken of the need for a strategy for space defence and this was the result, he said.
"The new spatial and military doctrine that has been proposed to me by the (defence) ministry, which I have approved, will allow us to ensure our defence of space...," added.
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"We will reinforce our knowledge of the situation in space, we will better protect our satellites, including in an active manner," he said.
Defence Minister Florence Parly would reveal details of the funding at a later date,...
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