France to create new space defence command in September – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48976271

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.

Last year, US President Donald Trump ordered the formation of a sixth branch of the country’s armed forces – a “space force”.

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