French President endorses more-active strategy to defend French military satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron on July 13 endorsed Defense Minister Florence Parly’s proposal for a more-active defense of French space assets but gave few details on what policy and legal limits would be set.

Notably absent was a hint of whether France’s new military space doctrine would stop at the use of lasers and other nondestructive space-defense tactics or would permit more direct measures in the face of hostile action.

Addressing French defense commanders here, Macron said the new doctrine “will assure our defense . . .

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