French Polynesia

Population: 
294935

The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were suspended in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.

Ethnicity: 
Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
Religion: 
Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%

Country information from the CIA World Factbook.