Prior to this Sunday's Bastille Day celebration, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a space command that would become part of the country's air force, according to Reuters.
President Macron made the remarks to military personnel, saying that the space command would be responsible for defending the country's satellites and that it would be officially established in September. The air force, he says, will eventually be renamed Space and Air Force. It seems that this new command will replace France's existing joint space command, which is already responsible for France's existing space assets and coordination with the armies of other European countries.
Although it is the third oldest space organization, in recent years France has focused more on space. According to Breaking defense, the country plans to spend 3.6 billion euros between now and 2025, and in December 2018 it launched a new satellite for military reconnaissance, the CS0-1, with more to follow in the coming years.
In recent years, a number of countries have begun to recognize space as a separate "domain" of warfare – a clear location or concept where war can take place, such as on land, sea, sky or space, or within digital systems. This order appears to be France's response to addressing the problems that the military infrastructure transferred through space might cause.
The new command from France looks like it is analogous to the US space command, part of the US Army that was originally established in 1985 to oversee and coordinate landing assets such as satellites. That order was dissolved and merged with the US Strategic Command after the September 11 attacks. Last year, President Donald Trump instructed the Department of Defense to create a new space command, a precursor to a new, fully-fledged arm of the army, Space Force.