Macron’s Space Fantasies Bring A New Atlanticist Front Against Russia and China
France has announced the creation of a "space command" to protect itself in extra-atmospheric space. But let’s not be fooled, Russia and China are the enemies in this new cold war front initiated by the Atlanticist’s.
French Defense Minister Florence Parly presented the plan advanced by Emmanuel Macron on July 13. France enters the "Star Wars" from September with a special command that "will protect and defend their interests in space, if they are threatened or spied on, and may even destroy the aggressor object."
The responsible position of the French armies insisted on the non-offensive nature of the new body, underlining the word "self-defense", based on the policy of nuclear deterrence.
Reactive shuttles, high-powered lasers, machine guns, satellites and patrol nano-satellites will be part of the new army corps that will monitor French interests in space.
But the technical explanations of the Defense Minister could not lack a political justification, indispensable in the preparation of an eventual conflict in what the US Vice President, Mike Pence, defines as "the next battlefield." And it was there that Parly mentioned Russia as an enemy, recounting what he already denounced last September: "an act of espionage which was the object of the Franco-Italian military satellite Athena-Fidus by the Russian satellite Luch Olymp."
At this point in the technological and digital advancement, to be surprised by the curiosity of the supposed enemies can dazzle citizens frightened by science fiction movies, but, evidently, for a European government it is more "saleable" to announce to the generalist press - ignorant about these issues— the "Russian threat."
The French military, unlike politicians, does not seem so obsessed with what Vladimir Putin calls "anti-Russian hysteria." Thus, the Chief of the General Staff, General François Lecointre, puts the focus on China, without having to visit outer space. "The attitude of China," he said, "is not exactly friendly and selfless. I observe an increasingly aggressive attitude of that country, beyond the China Sea, also in Africa and on the new silk road."
Russia in interstellar space and China in the traditionally French-influenced zone in Africa. Paris tries to justify the modernization of its armed forces in order to face the new challenges. The space control will have a budget of 4,300 million euros. The 3.6 billion budgeted under the military programming law 2019-2025, plus another 700 added now.
Of course, France expresses its desire to incorporate other European countries in its project. Collaboration already exists in the field of satellite observation, but Paris says it wants greater integration into the new defense aspect.
What seems clear, too, is that the new Star Wars will leave NATO out of play. Does anyone imagine Macron sharing his data with the member countries of the Atlantic Alliance? The memory of De Gaulle and his commitment to independence towards the military organization led by Washington revives in France with the preparation for cyber wars.
The city of Tolouse will house the command center of this new section of the French army. That city in southern France is already the space center of the country and of Europe, in part. It is there where the headquarters of companies such as Airbus , EADS , Thales Alenia or ArianeGroup are located .
In addition to the space control, a "Space Campus" will be created that will encompass the current National Center for Space Studies (CNEES) and a specialized cyber defense laboratory. Finally, Toulouse will also host a Space Academy. The city thus multiplies its appeal to foreign espionage.
When 50 years have passed since the arrival of man on the Moon, the international competition for the conquest of space is no longer only part of a race that served as a test of rivalry to the two superpowers of the time. The space race now has continuity and becomes a daily competition among several powers.
Technological advances allow us to control the data that make a country work, function and, therefore, block if it is "enemy" action. Hospitals, air, sea and land traffic, banking information and/or communications of all kinds can be the object of an attack from space. An attack with less blood spilled on the ground, but of much more devastating consequences on everyday life.