(Paris) – French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new national military space force command that would 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.
Macron told military brass gathered for a traditional pre-Bastille Day reception that the new space command would be created in September and aims to “ensure the development and reinforcement of our spacial abilities”.
He called the renewed military focus on space a “true national security issue” and said it would go to “better protecting our satellites”.
The “indispensable” outlay needed to see through the space command “will be decided,” he promised.
France´s declared interest in boosting its military readiness in space follows increased spending and interest in the area by the United States, China and Russia.