Introduction French Polynesia,
officially Overseas Lands of French Polynesia, internally self-governing dependency (2002 pop. 245,516) of France, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific. The capital is Papeete
, on Tahiti
. The territory comprises five main groups: the Society Islands
; Marquesas Islands
; Austral Islands
; Tuamotu Archipelago
; and Gambier Islands
. The small, uninhabited atoll of Clipperton Island
, c.3,400 mi (5,470 km) NE of Tahiti, is administered by France from French Polynesia.
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