French Polynesia is made up of five island chains scattered over a vast area of the South Pacific. This is not an independent country, but an overseas territory of France that is self-governing. The people vote in French elections and elect representatives to France’s parliament.
There are around 130 islands in French Polynesia. Many were formed by volcanoes and have rugged, cloud-capped peaks. Rain forests thrive in the deep valleys, while coconut palms and fruit trees flourish on the coasts. Coral reefs shelter warm, sandy lagoons and they also form many low-lying island rings....More