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Two years after launching France’s space defense strategy, Emmanuel Macron went to Toulouse on Friday to attend the country’s very first exercise. For five days, around sixty operators will be confronted with all kinds of unprecedented exercises, against the backdrop of a crisis between three fictitious countries.

Dress rehearsal before Star Wars. Two years after launching France’s space defense strategy, Emmanuel Macron will discover the country’s very first exercise in Toulouse on Friday morning. A training that is both strategic and symbolic which will take place over five days, conceived as a concentrate of spatial events articulated around a crisis between three fictitious countries. “We simulate risks and threats. In recent years, space has changed a lot, with more and more objects”, explains Xavier Pasco, director of the Foundation for Strategic Research, guest of Europe 1 Friday morning.

What if a state decides to fire an anti-satellite weapon?

The sixty operators present will be saturated with information in order to test their reactions. If, for example, we discovered a new spacecraft unknown until then, how to determine its origin? What if a state decides to fire an anti-satellite weapon, causing a cascade of debris that threatens the earth’s populations? It would then be necessary to trigger aid as quickly as possible on Earth, but also to preserve the threatened satellites by rapidly changing their orbit.

Possible incidents which sometimes evoke past events. Four years ago, for example, a Russian spy satellite came dangerously close to a Franco-Italian military telecommunications satellite. “By approaching a satellite like this, you can intercept data, communications”, underlines Xavier Pasco.

Demonstration of deterrent force

But beyond the exercise, this event represents above all a demonstration of dissuasive force from France, which displays a defensive space policy. “Our country makes it clear that it is not preparing to carry out attacks, but to defend themselves from them,” said Xavier Pasco. France will also show its increase in operational power. Five billion euros have been invested to renew its space capabilities.



Source site www.europe1.fr

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