France will set up a new space defence command in September, President Emmanuel Macron has announced.
Speaking a day before the annual Bastille Day celebrations, Mr Macron said that the command would help to “better protect our satellites, including in an active way”.
Analysts say this marks a switch from a defensive to an offensive posture.
Mr Macron’s proposal follows similar moves by the US, China and Russia in recent years.
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Last year, US President Donald Trump ordered the formation of a sixth branch of the country’s armed forces – a “space force”.