President Macron announces creation of French military space command

14 July, 2019, 17:55 | Author: Wade Massey
  • President Macron called the renewed military focus on space a

After riding down the iconic Champs Elysees boulevard in a military vehicle escorted by motorcycles and a cavalry procession, Macron joined leaders also including Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for the parade, which began with a display of tech innovations. As such, it is not aimed at establishing a supranational European army.

The French national acrobatic flying team over Paris during the annual Bastille Day military parade.

Weekly demonstrations by yellow vest protesters, who named themselves after the high-visibility jackets they wear and mostly over the cost of living, are said to have dwindled to just a few hundred people over the past few weeks.

Two prominent members of the movement, Jerome Rodrigues and Maxime Nicolle, were both detained by the police, sources told AFP.

The move echoes U.S. President Donald Trump who signed a policy directive in February requiring the secretary of defense to create a separate Space Force within the United States military.

"Never, since the end of World War II has Europe been so important", Macron said in a statement to mark July 14.

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Macron said that the aim of the EI2 was to "act together and reinforce our capacity to act together", adding: "Our security and our defense pass through Europe".

Addressing troops ahead of the upcoming Bastille Day military parade, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he has approved the creation of the country's own space command to bolster France's defence capabilities, Trend reports citing Sputnik.

Highligthing France's continued commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the alliance's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg will also be present at the parade.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May had been expected to attend but Britain will instead be represented by senior cabinet minister David Lidington, the Elysee said. The chancellor had been seen to tremble at three official events in Berlin in recent weeks.

Although the display included over 4,000 armed forces, 69 planes and 39 helicopters, its biggest crowd-pleaser was a man rocketing through the air on a flyboard device - the invention of French former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata.

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