The Populations and Societies of the French Pacific

  • Robert Aldrich


Some 350 000 people live in the French territoires d’outre-mer of New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna and French Polynesia. Except for foreigners who reside there temporarily or permanently, all are fully-fledged French citizens. Unlike many other overseas territories of ‘colonial’ powers, there exists no second-class citizenship for inhabitants of the French DOM-TOMs. The French of the Pacific enjoy all the rights of their compatriots born in Paris or Lyon, including the right of migration and abode in France. They also share many of the obligations, even if in some cases they are exempt from income tax or national service. In principle, the French of the outre-mer are equal before the law, regardless of skin colour, ethnic origin, place of residence or beliefs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Aldrich
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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