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Country Fast Facts:French Polynesia

French Polynesia

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The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century.

In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium.

The tests were suspended in January 1996.

In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.

Source: CIA World Fact Book