France will create a brand new house navy command as a part of the modernization of its armed forces, following related measures taken by different international locations, together with the US, mentioned President Emmanuel Macron.
"We are going to strengthen our understanding of the scenario in house, we’ll higher defend our satellites, together with actively," he informed navy commanders on the eve of the navy parade on July 14.
"The brand new navy and house doctrine proposed by the [defence minister Florence Parly], which I’ve accredited, will allow us to make sure our protection of house and house, "mentioned Macron, noting that house is" an actual problem for nationwide safety ", given the potential for battle.
The brand new house command will likely be launched in September as a part of the Air Drive, which will likely be renamed "Air Drive and Area. French navy operations in house, together with the launch of surveillance satellites, are already anticipated to price three.6 billion euros over the subsequent 5 years.
President Donald Trump ordered the creation of the US Area Command on the finish of final yr. NATO, of which France is a member, can also be anticipated to launch its first house technique for the alliance to deal with the rising navy capabilities of China and Russia in house.
The US Protection Intelligence Company mentioned Beijing and Moscow are growing capabilities for space-based jamming and cyber-capabilities, directed power weapons, and ground-based missiles to focus on satellites. In March, India efficiently examined an anti-satellite missile.
On Sunday, Macron chaired the annual navy parade on the Champs-Elysées, the principle avenue in Paris, together with 10 European leaders, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The main target was on European protection cooperation, with planes, gear and troops from Britain, Germany, Spain and different international locations becoming a member of the flyover and the march.
"By no means because the finish of the Second World Conflict has Europe been so important," Macron mentioned in a speech. "The development of a European protection system, in addition to the Atlantic alliance for which we’re celebrating the 70th anniversary, is a precedence for France – and the widespread thread of this parade."
He concluded: "We wholeheartedly thank the taking part European nations as a result of our safety and protection are rooted in Europe."
Macron, who has been below stress from anti-government protesters in yellow vests since November, was whistled and mistreated by some protesters early Sunday. Police took some protesters from the Champs-Élysées, together with the distinguished demonstrator Eric Drouet, on Sunday morning.
Weekly occasions, nevertheless, had been largely out of breath with the arrival of the vacation season in France.