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French Polynesia: French Polynesian Archipelago in the Pacific Ocean

The Polynesians were the first inhabitants of Marquesas Islands in around 300 AD. In the year 1521, a Portuguese explorer sighted this island followed by Dutch and then Britishers. The French colonists came around 1842 and took control of the French Polynesian archipelago by ousting the English settlers. In 1880, France took over Tahiti and then changed its status from a protectorate to colony. In 1946, the inhabitants of the islands were granted French citizenship. And in 1957, the status of the islands was changed from an overseas territory to the present name.

French Polynesia Fast Facts :

  • National Name: French Polynesia
  • National Capital: Papeete (on Tahiti Island)
  • Total Area: 4,167 sq km
  • Total Population: 251,000
  • Ethnic races: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
  • Religions: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
  • Currency: Pacific franc
  • GDP Per Capita (PPP): $17,500 (2003 est.)
  • Languages: French 61.1% (official), Polynesian 31.4% (official), Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%, unspecified 6% (2002 census)
  • Life Expectancy: 71 years (men), 76 years (women)
  • Literacy Rate: 98%

French Polynesia Geography, Climate and Economy :

Geographically, French Polynesia comprises both high and low rugged mountain ranges with reefs. It is made up of a number of islands, which are scattered over 2,500,000 km of ocean. The largest and most populated is Tahiti. The lowest point is at Pacific Ocean while the highest is Mount Orohena at a height of 2,241m.

The climate of French Polynesia is relatively tropical and mostly remains temperate. The islands receive rainfall in the months of October and March. The winter lasts from May to October while the summers are from November to April with humid and warm temperature.

Since 1962, when French military personnel were stationed here the economy of French Polynesia changed from subsistence one to a more diversified and evolved one. Though, the Polynesians enjoy a higher standard of living the issue of unemployment is still high as the wealth resources are distributed unevenly. Tourism also forms a considerable part of the economy. The natural resources include cobalt, hydropower, fish and timber.

Culture and Cuisine of French Polynesia :

The cultural influences of Polynesians, English and French are predominantly visible through the islander's artwork, dance, music and cuisines. Sculpture is one of the foremost arts of French Polynesia. The locals are fond of music and the music instruments include pahu and toere drums. Besides this, customary dancing also forms a part of their tradition.

The culinary tradition of French Polynesia combines the Italian and Chinese influences. The traditional practice of cooking food in pit ovens is still followed. In local language this kind of oven is called an ahimaa and the feast is called tamaaraa. Some of the popular dishes include Fafa, Poe and Poisson cru, while the local drinks are Noni Juice and Hinano.

Tourist Sites in French Polynesia:

Papeete, the capital city of French Polynesia located on Tahiti is the major port of the islands. It's the center of shipping and marketing with all means of water transportation. Tahiti, an important island has all means of entertainment as there is a place called Lagoonarium that features a popular tourist site. Bora Bora is yet another island which is famous for its enchanting surroundings.

Some other Tourist Sites are:

    •  Rangiroa

    •  Route Côtière

    •  Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Papeete

    •  Le Parc Bougainville

    •  Église de Paofai

    •  Monument du Général de Gaulle

    •  Musée de la Perle

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May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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May 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM

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May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

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May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

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May 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

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May 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

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May 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

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April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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April 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

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April 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

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April 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

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April 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

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April 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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April 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

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April 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

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April 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

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April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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April 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

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London, Apr 25 (ANI): A French swimmer, who has no arms or legs, has announced his plans to swim around the world.

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April 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

London, Apr 23 (ANI): After suffering a quarter-final exit, tennis World No. 4 Andy Murray believes that patience will be the key to success for the next month's French Open.

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April 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Damascus, Apr 23 (ANI): Syrian opposition group's efforts to topple President Bashar-al Assad's regime are being undermined by defections, split factions and deep ideological divisions, leaked emails have revealed.

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April 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Paris, April 23 (IANS) President Nicolas Sarkozy has challenged socialist Francois Hollande, who won the first round of France's presidential poll, to hold three public debates with him before the second round of the vote.

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April 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Paris, April 23 (IANS) Socialist Francois Hollande has won the first round of France's presidential poll, setting up a run-off with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy who came second.

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April 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

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April 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The French government said Sunday that the presidential elections recorded a voter turnout of over 70 percent, slightly lower than the figure registered in 2007. This is likely to go up by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. (18.00 GMT).

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April 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Paris, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): All candidates of France's presidential election had cast their votes by noon local time on Sunday in the first round of the election. Voting will continue until 8 p.m. local time.

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April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Paris, Apr 22 (Xinhua-ANI): French presidential candidate Francois Hollande, representing the biggest opposition Socialist Party (PS), cast his vote for Sunday's first round of presidential election.

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April 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Millions of French voted Sunday in the first round of presidential elections bogged down by a weak economy and high unemployment, issues that may spell trouble for incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Nine French tourists detained in Bihar

April 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Patna, April 22 (IANS) Nine French tourists were detained in Bihar's Nawada district for violating visa conditions and later sent out of the state Sunday, police said.

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April 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Millions voted Sunday in the first round of presidential elections in France, a country bogged down by weak economy and high unemployment, issues that may spell trouble for incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

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April 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The first round of the 2012 French presidential election kicked off Sunday with over 44 million registered voters eligible to cast their ballots for one of 10 candidates, including incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Facts about France

April 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Here are key facts on France, where voting in the first round of the 2012 French presidential election took place Sunday.

French presidential election kicks off

April 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The first round of the 2012 French presidential election kicked off in France Sunday.

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April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Paris, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): The first round of the 2012 French presidential election officially kicked off in mainland France on Sunday morning.

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April 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Los Angeles, April 21 (IANS) Actress Halle Berry takes special care of her shoes as she wants to hand them over to her daughter.

Syria on brink of civil war: Russia

April 21, 2012 at 4:13 AM

Moscow, April 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syria faces a catastrophic civil war if both sides in the crisis fail to take advantage of the current ceasefire there, Russia's foreign ministry said.

Katy Perry 'romantically linked' to Florence And The Machine star

April 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

London, Apr 20 (ANI): Katy Perry has sparked rumours of a new romance after she was photographed hand-in-hand with 'Florence And The Machine' guitarist Robert Ackroyd at California's Coachella festival.

Milla wants Cameroon's football body sacked

April 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Yaounde (Cameroon), April 20 (IANS) Afraid that four-time champions Cameroon may again fail to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations, legendary footballer Roger Milla has called for the sacking of the country's football federation (FECAFOOT) and demanded the reinstatement of Samuel Eto'o as the national captain.

Western leaders threaten Syria after UN warns of regime failing to honour ceasefire

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Damascus, Apr 20 (ANI): With the UN warnings that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not honouring terms of a ceasefire, Western leaders have threatened international intervention, including setting up "humanitarian corridors" across Syria.

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April 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

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April 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Miami, April 20 (IANS/EFE) A Jewish family who this week recovered a 16th century painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II announced Thursday that they are putting the piece up for sale.

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April 20, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Paris, April 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) France has no intention to supply arms to the Syrian opposition and is ready to discuss the UN and Arab League's peace plan, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said.

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April 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Belgrade, April 19 (IANS) Winning all the four tennis Grand Slams and an Olympic gold is never easy, but Serbia's World No.1 Novak Djokovic dreams of fulfilling it.

Sarkozy falls further behind Socialist challenger Hollande ahead of French presidential elections

April 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Paris, Apr 19 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost ground to his Socialist Party opponent, Fran?ois Hollande, just days before the first round of voting in the presidential election, a latest poll has revealed.

'Positive' Mourinho upbeat on beating Bayern at home to reach Champions League final

April 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

London, Apr 19 (ANI): Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is fully confident about his team's chances to overturn the first leg 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, and reach the Champions League final.

Schengen visa processor VFS expands operations

April 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Bangalore, April 18 (IANS) Leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, VFS Global, has expanded its operations in India's tech hub to process applications for Schengen visa to seven more European countries in addition to France and Switzerland.

Philippines, China indict each other for maritime intrusion in disputed waters

April 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Beijing, April 18 (ANI): The Philippines and China have indicted each other for maritime intrusion in disputed waters between the two countries after a standoff last week.

Heels are pleasure with pain: Louboutin

April 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM

London, April 18 (IANS) French footwear designer Christian Louboutin says high heels are like "pleasure with pain" and women should not wear them if they can't walk in them.

Halle Berry confirms engagement to Olivier Martinez

April 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Washington, April 17 (ANI): Halle Berry has admitted that she was shocked by her own decision to marry Olivier Martinez, after having sworn off the institution in 2007.

Pope turns 85

April 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Vatican City, April 16 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI marked his 85th birthday Monday.

Pippa Middleton enjoys attention of 3 men in Paris

April 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Pippa Middleton, who was recently linked to her old university pal Earl Percy, was spotted revelling some male company in Paris this weekend.

Pippa Middleton at centre of gun probe after car pal points gun at photog

April 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Pippa Middleton was being grilled by angry cops in Paris on Sunday night, after her friend was seen brandishing a pistol as he drove her in his Audi convertible.

Pippa faces arrest in France

April 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

London, April 16 (IANS) Pippa Middleton, the sister-in-law of Prince William and one of the most photographed women on earth, has been questioned by French police after one of her friends pulled out a pistol and pointed it at a photographer.

Over six in ten say Sarkozy is France's most unpopular president

April 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Paris, April 16 (ANI): Almost 64 percent of French have described voted Nicolas Sarkozy as the most unpopular president in the history of France, a poll has revealed.

Contestants 'torture each other to death' to impress gameshow host

April 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Television gameshow hosts, who are usually considered as genial figures, are so powerful and influential that contestants are willing to do anything they are asked to do, including torturing each other to death, researchers say.

Players deserve a bigger cut of money at Wimbledon: Murray

April 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Monte Carlo, Apr 16 (ANI): British tennis star Andy Murray has demanded that players should get an improved pay packet at this year's Wimbledon.

Karakoram glaciers bucking global warming trend and 'putting on mass'

April 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Some glaciers on Asia's Karakoram mountains, which is home to K2, are defying the global trend and getting thicker, a new study has claimed.

Apple denies working with French designer Starck on 'revolutionary' project

April 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Washington, Apr 15 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has declined reports suggesting that they are working in collaboration with popular French designer Philippe Starck to create a revolutionary project to be released in eight months.

Brangelina to marry in their 35m pound French retreat

April 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

London, Apr 15 (ANI): Newly engaged couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to marry at a private chapel on their 35-million-pound estate in the south of France this summer.

I've a crush on Katy Perry: French model

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) French model Baptiste Giabiconi says he has a huge crush on singer Katy Perry but claims they are not dating.

Sarkozy trailing challenger Hollande in opinion poll ahead of French presidential election

April 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Paris, Apr 14 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy is losing ground to his Socialist Party opponent Francois Hollande, according to a new poll conducted ahead of next week's first round of presidential elections.

England cricket stars batting for good causes

April 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

London, Apr 14(ANI): England cricket stars are utilizing their spare time by doing their bit to support various charities, and have no issues in going that extra mile for a good cause.

French hotel where Strauss-Kahn coordinated sex ring 'bragged about soundproof rooms'

April 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Paris, Apr 14 (ANI): A French hotel, which is the alleged location of a sex ring coordinated by shamed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, bragged about its 'soundproof' rooms, it has emerged.

Britney Spears sports $20k sports bra in Twister Dance Promo

April 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): As the face of the new Hasbro game Twister Dance, Britney Spears got decked out in workout gear from BodyRock Sport by Kelly Dooley, including their limited-edition "Eternal Love" bra that is adorned with 18K gold hardware and embellished with Swarovski crystals throughout.

McGregor admits having affairs with 'many, many women' before marrying

April 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

London, Apr 13 (ANI): Ewan McGregor has confessed to having been in relationships with "many, many women" but insists that he made the right choice when he settled down with his wife, Eve Mavrakis.

French 'Spiderman' sets new climbing record in Doha

April 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Doha, Apr 13 (ANI): French free-climber Alain Robert, who is better known as "Spiderman", set a new Guinness World Record by climbing the 300 metre high Aspire Tower in the fastest time, unassisted.

Sarkozy lied about visiting Fukushima

April 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

London, April 13 (IANS) French President Nicolas Sarkozy Friday admitted he did not visit Fukushima during a trip to Japan after the tsunami last March, but had told an election rally he had visited the stricken nuclear plant.

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