CNES President Le Gall: Behind today’s ‘private sector’ successes, in US and in Europe, is government support

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The French space agency, CNES, will have $3.3 billion to work with in 2021 following a slight increase in its conventional annual budget, after accounting for debt repayment, and a $448 million share of France’s Covid pandemic Recovery Plan.

It’s hard to argue with CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall’s declaration that the French government has demonstrated its belief in space technology as a vector for strategic autonomy and economic stimulus — even when much of the rest of the French economy has been laid . . .

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