In commercial and military space, France is pulling Europe toward a more-active government role

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 14th European Space Conference held Jan. 25-26 in Brussels marked a departure from previous editions in evoking defense and military applications at almost every turn.

The European Union in recent years has been shedding its former disinclination to mention military space topics. But this year’s conference, organized by Business Bridge Europe,  showed a near-Washington, D.C.-level mingling of civil, commercial and defense issues.

In part it's due to France’s assuming the six-month presidency of . . .

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