France will have high space command, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force to improve the country's defence capabilities, news wires reported.

"To assure the development and the reinforcement of our capacities in space, a high command for space will be created in September," Macron told military brass gathered for a traditional pre-Bastille Day reception. "The new spatial and military doctrine that has been proposed to me by the (defence) ministry, which I have approved, will allow us to ensure our defence of space...," he added."We will reinforce our knowledge of the situation in space, we will better protect our satellites, including in an active manner," Macron stated. France has a 2019-2025 military spending plan that allocates 3.6bn euros to defence in space.

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. The Pentagon has drafted plans for a new Space Force on orders from Trump who has declared space a "war-fighting domain". But that project still requires the approval of the US Congress.

In March, United Nations-backed talks in Geneva to prevent an arms race in outer space ended without agreement.

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