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Macron declares creation of French ‘space force’ … and prompts Trump comparisons

Emmanuel Macron speaks at the residence of French Defense Minister on the eve of Bastille Day in Paris.
/ Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the creation of a space command within the country’s air force to boost defense capabilities. The initiative is similar to the US’ and NATO’s plans.

“To give substance to this doctrine and ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a space command will be created next September in the air force,” Macron said while addressing military personnel, a day before the country’s national holiday – Bastille Day.

The new force will be renamed ‘Space and Air Force’ at some point, Macron revealed, adding however, that the investment to actually create it is yet to be determined. Last year, France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly said the country was seeking to achieve strategic space autonomy amid growing threats of space militarization.

The move immediately prompted comparison with the US space force, whose creation was pompously announced by President Donald Trump earlier this year. The sixth branch of the US military is expected to materialize by 2020. More NATO nations are expected to ‘come up’ with the same idea, as the alliance is reportedly preparing to recognize space as a standalone warfare domain later this year.

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