The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In 1966, the French Government began testing nuclear weapons on the uninhabited Mururoa Atoll.
In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing after a three-year moratorium. The tests were halted in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.
Tropical, but moderate
Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
Tahitians tend to dress up when dining out.
Poisson cru — raw tuna marinated in lime juice and coconut milk and served with various vegetables; often, fresh coconut meat is wrapped in cloth, and the milky juice is then squeezed over the fish and vegetables
Small, territorial-island tourism-based economy; large French financing; lower EU import duties; Pacific Islands Forum member; fairly resilient from COVID-19; oil-dependent infrastructure