PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Saturday he had accepted the creation of an area command throughout the French air power to enhance the nation’s protection capabilities.
Addressing army personnel a day earlier than the Bastille Day parade, Macron mentioned the brand new army doctrine establishing an area command would strengthen safety of French satellites. He mentioned the funding concerned had but to decided.
“To offer substance to this doctrine and make sure the improvement and reinforcement of our area capabilities, an area command can be created subsequent September within the air power,” Macron mentioned, including that it will later turn out to be the Area and Air Power.
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French Defence Minister Florence Parly mentioned final yr she was dedicated to giving France strategic area autonomy within the face of rising threats from different powers amid a race in area militarization.
The French army spending program for 2019-2025 has earmarked 3.6 billion euros ($4.06 billion) for investments and renewal of French satellites.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation goals to acknowledge area as a site of warfare this yr, 4 senior diplomats advised Reuters in June.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration introduced a plan final yr to create a brand new “Area Power” because the sixth department of the army by 2020.