PARIS — The British government sidestepped its first opportunity to explain how its investment of up to $500 million, with a matching investment by Bharti Global of India, into the bankrupt OneWeb Global fits into the government’s wider strategy on space, national security or industrial policy.

As the government’s whirlwind romance with the idea of saving OneWeb — from the Chinese, from the French, from being scuttled by an industrial competitor — gathered steam, it became clear that OneWeb was being viewed in London as a kind of Swiss . . .

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