French Polynesia

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French-held territory in the balmy South Pacific Ocean, located north of the Tropic of Capricorn and roughly midway between Australia and South America, composed of more than 120 islands scattered across an area about the size of Western Europe. Islands in French Polynesia are divided into five main groups: the Society Islands (including Tahiti) and the Marquesas to the northeast, the Tuamotus t...

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