List of dependent territoriesdependent territories and other dependencies.
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2 By country
2.4 British Dependencies3 See also
2.6 U.S. Oversea dependencies and possessions
2.7 Dutch Dependencies
2.8 Danish Dependencies
4 External link
These islands have no indigenous population, though there are personnel stationed year-round.
Uninhabited or short-term visitors
These islands have no year-round residents, though they may be visited for various purposes (e.g., military, scientific, fishing, or recreation).
France has not had colonies since the 1960s. All citizens of the listed territorial entities enjoy full French citizenship rights, including the right to vote for national elections. All the inhabited entities, whatever their status, are represented by deputies and senatorss to the national parliament.
Some former colonies chose tight association with the rest of France and were incorporated as oversea départements: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, French Guiana, with much the same status as the départements of mainland France or Corsica. They consistute "ultra-peripheral" regions of the European Union. The statuses of St. Pierre and Miquelon and the island of Mayotte (which insisted not to become independent as part of the now independent Comoros islands) are close.
The following two oversea territories enjoy some substantial legislative autonomy and have a separate currency (the CFP Franc). Whether they will choose independence in the future is an open question.
- French Southern and Antarctic Lands
- Islands around Réunion Island:
U.S. Oversea dependencies and possessions
Note: Citizens of U.S. oversea possessions, including Puerto Rico, do not have the right to vote in U.S. federal elections. The U.S. Department of State uses the term Insular areas to refer to the areas listed below (with the exception of Guantanamo Bay and Iraq). Although the U.S. state of Hawaii is an island and is technically overseas from the rest of the U.S., it is fully a state of the Union and shares equal status under the U.S. constitution with all of the other states.