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French Polynesia


Introduction: 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...

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Economic Overview: French Polynesia's economy has faced a number of challenges since the conclusion of nuclear testing in 1996, due largely to the country's limited resources and options for diversification, and to its isolation. Financial transfers from France (around A$2 billion per annum) have traditionally made up around 30 per cent of French Polynesia's GDP but in recent years this has risen as high as 60 per cent. Of these transfers, some 83 per cent constitute expenditure on education and research, defence, public service salaries and pensions, with some 17 per cent going directly to the French Polynesian and municipal governments for administration and ...

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