French Polynesia

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French Polynesia
geographic coordinates:17 32 S, 149 34 W
time difference: UTC - 10
daylight saving time:NO

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.