The overseas collectivities are governed by local elected assemblies and by the French Parliament and French Government , with a cabinet member, the Minister of the Overseas , in charge of issues related to the overseas territories. However, this process was subject to approval in a referendum.
Three independence referendums have been held, in , and In the third and final referendum, in December , The future status within France of New Caledonia will now be the subject of a further referendum to be held before the end of With 2,, inhabitants in , overseas France accounts for 4. In the 15th legislature of the French Fifth Republic , overseas France is represented by 27 deputies in the French National Assembly , accounting for 4. Since September , overseas France has been represented by 21 senators in the French Senate , accounting for 6.
The territories used to be collectively represented in the European Parliament by the Overseas Territories of France constituency. Since the European elections , France decided to switch to a single constituency, putting an end to all regional constituencies, including the Overseas Territories constituency.
Every member state represents all its citizens in the Council. Several of these territories are generally only transiently inhabited by researchers in scientific stations. Ranked by population in the urban area :. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. French-administered territories outside Europe. For other uses, see Outre-Mer disambiguation. Overseas France. National Emblem. Main article: Overseas departments and regions of France.
Main article: Overseas collectivity. Main article: Overseas territory France. France portal. Only French Polynesia , an overseas country, and New Caledonia , a special collectivity are allowed to have their official flags. The Administrator of French Antarctica is also granted his own flag through a 23 February ordinance. Historical flags are sometimes used but have no basis in law.
Many territories use unofficial flags to represent the territories. The unofficial flags are shown in this table. The next population census in Wallis and Futuna will take place in Retrieved 20 June The total population of the overseas departments and territories of France is estimated at 2,, Retrieved 25 August Caribbean Net News.
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What to do: You can swim at 15 public beaches, scuba dive around 2, acres of protected corals reefs, bays, and islands, and try out water sports at the Grand-cul-de-sac beach. When New Year comes around, you can rub shoulders with the hundreds of celebrities that descend on the island with their luxury yachts. Journey time from Paris: 10 hours 40 minutes.
What to do: It might seem strange, but watching planes land at Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch side of the island Sint Maarten is one of the biggest attractions. Fun fact: Despite being French and Dutch, an English-based dialect is spoken on both sides of the island. Journey time from Paris: 8 hours 45 minutes. You definitely have to try Colombo, a famous local curry dish that blends aspects of African, French, Carib Amerindian, and South Asian culinary traditions. Journey time from Paris: 8 hours 55 minutes.
What to do: You can visit the Amazonian rainforest as well as the mangroves, savannas, inselbergs, and wetlands to see the unbelievable wealth of flora and fauna. As such, it is one of the few places in the world you can watch a rocket go into space. Fun fact : In the 18 th century, convicts sent to the penal colony here were set to work catching butterflies for collectors and scientific research. Journey time from Paris: 22 hours 5 minutes one stop.
What to do: This overseas collectivity is made up of islands and atolls stretching over an area of more than 4, square kilometers in the South Pacific Ocean. Journey time from Paris: 33 hours 20 minutes two stops. Fun fact: Per square kilometer, New Caledonia has the richest diversity of plants and animal species in the world, including species, genera, and families that can be found nowhere else.
Journey time from Paris: 28 hours 50 minutes two stops. What to do: You can sample the local beverage, Kava, which is popular throughout Polynesia. Fun fact: The island collectivity is divided into three kingdoms: Uvea, Sigave, and Alo. Journey time from Paris: 12 hours 25 minutes.
While mostly metropolitan French in culture, early settlers also came from the Basque Country and this is celebrated with an annual summer festival. The seafood here is also incredible: be sure to taste as much lobster, snow crab, and cod as you can.
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