French President Emmanuel Macron has approved the creation of a space command within the country’s air force next September. He made the announcement ahead of Sunday’s celebrations for the country’s Bastille Day. France’s move comes amid major concerns of an arms race in space, after the U.S. decided last year to create a new space force as the sixth branch of its armed forces by 2020. In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty by the United Nations banned deploying weapons of mass destruction in outer space, and military activities on celestial bodies. It was signed and ratified by over 100 countries, including France and the U.S.
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