French Space agency turns 50

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President Sarkozy celebrates the 50th anniversary of CNES.

Founded in 1961, under President Charles de Gaulle, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe. Its task is to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s independent access to space.

President Sarkozy was in Toulouse, November 22, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this establishment.
See the video: 50-ans-du-cnes-discours-de-nicolas-sarkozy-depuis-le-cnes-a-toulouse
(in French, of course).

Stamp - CNES 50th anniversary

See also "French Space Research: Celebrating 50 Years" on the embassy of France in the United States website.