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List of dependent territories
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List of dependent territories

This is a list of dependent territories and other dependencies.

Table of contents
1 Inhabited
2 Stationed personnel
3 Uninhabited or short-term visitors
4 Notes
5 See also
6 External link


Stationed personnel

These islands have no indigenous population, though there are personnel stationed year-round.

Uninhabited or short-term visitors

These islands have no year-round residents, though they may be visited for various purposes (e.g., military, scientific, fishing, or recreation).



France has not had colonies since the 1960s. All citizens of the listed territorial entities enjoy full French citizenship rights, including the right to vote for national elections. All the inhabited entities, whatever their status, are represented by deputies and senatorss to the national parliament.

Some former colonies chose tight association with the rest of France and were incorporated as oversea départements: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, French Guiana, with much the same status as the départements of mainland France or Corsica. They consistute "ultra-peripheral" regions of the European Union. The statuses of St. Pierre and Miquelon and the island of Mayotte (which insisted not to become independent as part of the now independent Comoros islands) are close.

The oversea territories of French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna enjoy some substantial legislative autonomy and have a separate currency (the CFP Franc). Whether they will choose independence in the future is an open question.

See also: Islands controlled by France in the Indian and Pacific oceans

United States

Citizens of U.S. oversea possessions, including Puerto Rico, do not have the right to vote in U.S. federal elections. The U.S. Department of State uses the term Insular areas to refer to the areas listed below (with the exception of Guantanamo Bay). Although the U.S. state of Hawaii is an island and is technically overseas from the rest of the U.S., it is fully a state of the Union and shares equal status under the U.S. constitution with all of the other states.

The U.S. does not claim sovereignty on Guantanamo Bay, but exercises permanent control and pays rent under terms of treaties with Cuba.

See also

External link