The war in Ukraine has called into question the European and international security system, making the idea of military collaborations concrete, particularly between France and the United States. The two countries believe it is crucial to increase cooperation between the allies and implement European defence.
The ongoing geostrategic competition in the South Chinese Sea and the Indo-Pacific region, more broadly, is frequently thought of as a struggle between the USA and China. However, the deployment of both British and French naval assets in the Indo-Pacific makes clear that it is very much a European issue as well (Jennings, 2018; Loh, 21).
Although much ink has already been spilt to assess the impact of 5G technology on military matters (see, inter alia, Gambuzzi, 2019; Bijlsma, 2022; Bussagli, 2022), this Info Flash (IF) seeks to contribute to this burgeoning literature by clarifying the consequences of this novel technology on military decision making.
On 18 May 2022, the European Union (EU) Commission and the High Representative adopted a joint Communication on EU defence gaps and proposed several measures to strengthen EU defence industrial and technological sectors.
Amid the COVID-19 sanitary crisis and the current tense geopolitical situation in Europe due to the war in Ukraine, France is seeking to achieve industrial and technological sovereignty. As references to « sovereignty » grow on the national stage, the scope of the use of this term has been extended to different areas. Talks on that topic can go from defence and security matters to water, health, energy, transport , space or even communications. We will be addressing more specifically within the frameworks of this Info Flash one aspect of this issue, which is related to French sovereignty in the fields of technology and industry.