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 FRENCH POLYNESIAN POLITICAL
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Background: 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.
 
 
Common Name: French Polynesia Local Official Name: Polynesie Francaise
Abbreviated Name: Territory of French Polynesia Official Name: Territoire de la Polynesie Francaise
Official Script Name: French Polynesia Local Common Name: French Polynesia
Former Name: French Colony of Oceania Territory of: France
 
Head of State: President Jacques CHIRAC of France
 
Government Type: NA
 
Independence: none (overseas territory of France)
 
Constitution: 1958 September 28 (French Constitution)
 
National Holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July
 
International Organization Participation: FZ, ICFTU, PIF (observer), SPC, UPU, WMO
 
Administrative Divisions: none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 5 archipelagic divisions named Archipel des Marquises, Archipel des Tuamotu, Archipel des Tubuai, Iles du Vent, and Iles Sous-le-Vent note: Clipperton Island is administered by France from French Polynesia
 
Dependent Areas: overseas lands of France; overseas territory of France from 1946-2004
 
Legal System: based on French system
 
Suffrage: 18 years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: Executive Branch: chief of state: President Jacques CHIRAC of France (since 17 May 1995), represented by High Commissioner of the Republic Anne BOQUET (since September 2005) head of government: President of French Polynesia Oscar TEMARU (since 3 March 2005); President of the Territorial Assembly Antony GEROS (since 9 May 2004) cabinet: Council of Ministers; president submits a list of members of the Territorial Assembly for approval by them to serve as ministers elections: French president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; high commissioner appointed by the French president on the advice of the French Ministry of Interior; president of the territorial government and the president of the Territorial Assembly are elected by the members of the assembly for five-year terms (no term limits) Legislative Branch: unicameral Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale (57 seats - changed from 49 seats for May 2004 election; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms) elections: last held 23 May 2004 (next to be held May 2009) election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - People's Rally for the Republic (Gaullist) 28, Union for Democracy 27, New Star 1, This Country is Yours 1; after by-elections of 13 February 2005 seating was as follows: People's Rally for the Republic 27, Union for Democracy 27, and Alliance for a New Democracy 3 note: one seat was elected to the French Senate on 27 September 1998 (next to be held September 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; two seats were elected to the French National Assembly on 9 June-16 June 2002 (next to be held in 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - UMP/RPR 1, UMP 1 Judicial Branch: Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel; Court of the First Instance or Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court of Administrative Law or Tribunal Administratif
 
Party Leaders: Alliance for a New Democracy or ADN [Nicole BOUTEAU and Philip SCHYLE](includes the parties The New Star and This Country is Yours); Independent Front for the Liberation of Polynesia (Tavini Huiraatira) [Oscar TEMARU]; New Fatherland Party (Ai'a Api) [Emile VERNAUDON]; People's Rally for the Republic of Polynesia or RPR (Tahoeraa Huiraatira) [Gaston FLOSSE]; Union for Democracy or UPD [Oscar TEMARU]
 
International Disputes: NA
 
Illicit Drugs: NA 
 
 
 FRENCH POLYNESIAN GEOGRAPHY
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Location of French Polynesia: Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia
 
Continent: Australia Land Area Total: 4,167 sq km 
Region: South Pacific Oceania Land Area Land: 3,660 sq km
Capitol City: Papeete Land Area Water: 507 sq km
      
Latitude: 015 00 S Border Boundary Land: 0 km
Longitude: 140 00 W Border Boundary Coastline: 2,525 km 
  
Arable Land: 0.75 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 5.50 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 2,241 m Location: Mont Orohena
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Pacific Ocean
  
Largest City in French Polynesia: Largest City Population: 0
  
Threatened Species: 0
 
Environmental Issues: NA
 
Environmental Agreements: NA
 
Irrigated Land: 0
 
Bordering Countries: NA
 
Natural Resources: timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower
 
Geographical Terrain: mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs
 
Comparative Area of French Polynesia: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut
 
French Polynesia's Geography: includes five archipelagoes (4 volcanic, 1 coral); Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru
 

 FRENCH POLYNESIAN CLIMATE
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General Climate: tropical, but moderate
 
Natural Hazards: occasional cyclonic storms in January
 
 
 FRENCH POLYNESIAN ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: Since 1962, when France stationed military personnel in the region, French Polynesia has changed from a subsistence agricultural economy to one in which a high proportion of the work force is either employed by the military or supports the tourist industry. With the halt of French nuclear testing in 1996, the military contribution to the economy fell sharply. Tourism accounts for about one-fourth of GDP and is a primary source of hard currency earnings. Other sources of income are pearl farming and deep-sea commercial fishing. The small manufacturing sector primarily processes agricultural products. The territory benefits substantially from development agreements with France aimed principally at creating new businesses and strengthening social services.
 
 
GDP: $4,580,000,000 USD Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc
GDP per Capita: $17,500 USD Currency Code: XPF
GDP Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (XPF) per US dollar - 95.89 (2005), 96.04 (2004), 105.66 (2003), 126.71 (2002), 133.26 (2001) note: pegged at the rate of 119.25 XPF to the euro
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 3.10 % GDP of Industry: 19.00 %
GDP of Services: 76.90 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 1.50 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 11.80 % Tourism: 0.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $865,000,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $644,100,000 USD
   
Electricity Production: 493,700,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 459,200,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 53.92% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 46.08% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 4,800 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
   
External Debt: $0 USD Received in economic aid: $580,000,000 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits; poultry, beef, dairy products
 
Primary Industries: tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $1,076,000,000 USD - fuels, foodstuffs, machinery and equipment
 
Import Partners: France 52.7%, Singapore 14.9%, NZ 6.8%, US 6.6%
 
Export Amount in USD: $211,000,000 USD - cultured pearls, coconut products, mother-of-pearl, vanilla, shark meat
 
Export Partners: France 46.3%, Japan 20.8%, Niger 12.8%, US 12.5%
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 65,870
 
Labor Force by Occupations: agriculture 13%, industry 19%, services 68%
 
  
 FRENCH POLYNESIAN COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 18 Number of People with Radios: 128,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 7 Number of People with Televisions: 40,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 53,400 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 87,000
 
Internet Service Providers: 14,047 Internet Users: 55,000
 
Internet Country Code: .pf Newspapers: 0
Two Letter Country Code: FP Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: 689 Electricity Voltage: Volts
  
Telephone Systems: general assessment: NA domestic: NA international: country code - 689; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
 
  
 FRENCH POLYNESIAN TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 1,735 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 39 Heliports: 1
 
Motor Vehicles: 0 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 0 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: total: 13 ships (1000 GRT or over) 23,684 GRT/17,291 DWT by type: cargo 4, passenger 2, passenger/cargo 5, refrigerated cargo 1, roll on/roll off 1 foreign-owned: 1 (France 1) registered in other countries: 2 (Wallis and Futuna 2)
 
Ports and Harbors: Papeete
 
  
 FRENCH POLYNESIAN PEOPLE
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Population: 274,578 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 16.68 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 0.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 4.96 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 1.48% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 2.01 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 26,541 Population Female 0-14: 34,999
Population Male 15-64: 96,769 Population Female 15-64: 89,593
Population Male 65+: 8,428 Population Female 65+: 8,248
 
Population 0-14: 26.10% Literacy Rate: 98.00%
Population 15-64: 67.90% Literacy rate of Males: 98.00%
Population 65+: 6.10% Literacy rate of Females: 98.00%
 
Population that is Male: 5.50 % Population that is Female: 47.50%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 76.10 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 8.29 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 73.69 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 78.63 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.00% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: 2.85
 
Nationality: FRENCH POLYNESIAN
 
Ethnic Groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4% 
 
  
Primary Language: French
 
Other Languages: French 61.1% (official), Polynesian 31.4% (official), Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%, unspecified 6%
 
 
Primary Religion: Protestant
 
Other Religions: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
 
  
 FRENCH POLYNESIAN MILITARY
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Branches: no regular military forces; Gendarmerie and National Police Force Note: defense is the responsibility of France
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: NA years
 
Manpower Available: 69,679 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 55,305 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 2,747 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 0.00
 
 
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