Junior Minister for the Relations with Parliament Christophe Castaner and Defense Minister Florence Parly leave following the weekly cabinet meeting and a government seminary at the Elysee Palace, Paris, Sept. 5, 2018. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)
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A Russian satellite attempted last year to spy on a satellite providing secure communications for the French military, Defense Minister Florence Parly said Friday.The Athena-Fidus satellite, operated jointly with Italy, was approached "a bit too closely" by Russia's Luch-Olymp craft, known for its advanced listening capabilities, Parly said.Last month, Washington accused Moscow of developing antisatellite weapons and cited "very abnormal behavior" of a "space object" deployed by Russia last October.French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to develop a "space defense strategy" for France, and Parly said experts were preparing recommendations she intended to pass on by the end of the year.
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