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France emphasizes EU unity in space

Europe must strengthen its strategic autonomy in space, according to France’s Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire. This would be the only way to compete with countries such as China and the United States, Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday in Paris at a ministerial meeting of the European Space Agency (ESA). European capitals must work together to provide “autonomous access to space,” Le Maire said. “There must be a single Europe, a single European space policy and unwavering unity to face Chinese ambitions and American ambitions.” At the ESA Ministerial Council meeting, which will end today (Wednesday), the space agency hopes to get the green light from the 22 member countries for new and changed missions, as well as an increased budget. ari

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