France to create space command, says Macron

Paris, Jul 14 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/15/2019 5:56:25 AM IST

French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he has approved the creation of a space command within the country’s air force in order to beef up its space defence policy and to better protect its strategic interests.

“To ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a space command will be created next September in the air force,” Macron told a gathering of military forces on Saturday ahead of the July 14 Bastille Day parade. “This will eventually become the space and air force, and the necessary new investments will be decided,” he added.

France has a 2019-2025 military spending plan that allocates 3.6 billion euros ($4 billion) to defence in space, Xinhua news agency reported.

Macron noted that “the cyber space or the exoatmospheric space” had become “new areas of confrontation” that has triggered the need to create “a new military space doctrine” with which France would “ensure the defence of space”.

France’s move to create a space military force came amid high concerns of an arms race in space after the US decided last year to create by 2020 a new space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.


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