PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron, breaking with years of French policy, said Europe needs its own small-satellite launcher but that the competing development programs in multiple European nations should merge into a single program.

Macron did not quite say that the program needed to be under French leadership, but said Europe’s Guiana Space Center, on French territory on the northeast coast of South America, was “a jewel, and the envy of many.”

In Feb. 18 remarks at the headquarters of the French space agency, CNES,

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