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 for French Southern and Antarctic Lands
From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  French Southern and Antarctic Lands
  
     Introduction French Southern and Antarctic Lands
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                              Background: The Southern Lands consist of two
                                          archipelagos, Iles Crozet and Iles
                                          Kerguelen, and two volcanic islands,
                                          Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul.
                                          They contain no permanent
                                          inhabitants and are visited only by
                                          researchers studying the native
                                          fauna. The Antarctic portion
                                          consists of "Adelie Land," a thin
                                          slice of the Antarctic continent
                                          discovered and claimed by the French
                                          in 1840.
    
     Geography French Southern and Antarctic Lands
     ---------------------------------------------
                                Location: south of Africa, islands in the
                                          southern Indian Ocean, about
                                          equidistant between Africa,
                                          Antarctica, and Australia; note -
                                          French Southern and Antarctic Lands
                                          include Ile Amsterdam, Ile Saint-
                                          Paul, Iles Crozet, and Iles
                                          Kerguelen in the southern Indian
                                          Ocean, along with the French-claimed
                                          sector of Antarctica, "Adelie Land";
                                          the US does not recognize the French
                                          claim to "Adelie Land"
                  Geographic coordinates: 43 00 S, 67 00 E
                          Map references: Antarctic Region
                                    Area: total: 7,781 sq km
                                          note: includes Ile Amsterdam, Ile
                                          Saint-Paul, Iles Crozet and Iles
                                          Kerguelen; excludes "Adelie Land"
                                          claim of about 500,000 sq km in
                                          Antarctica that is not recognized by
                                          the US
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 7,781 sq km
                      Area - comparative: slightly less than 1.3 times the
                                          size of Delaware
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 1,232 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM from
                                          Iles Kerguelen only
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: antarctic
                                 Terrain: volcanic
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: Mont Ross on Iles
                                          Kerguelen 1,850 m
                       Natural resources: fish, crayfish
                                Land use: arable land: 0%
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 100% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul are
                                          extinct volcanoes
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: islands component is widely
                                          scattered across remote locations in
                                          the southern Indian Ocean
    
     People French Southern and Antarctic Lands
     ------------------------------------------
                              Population: no indigenous inhabitants (July 2002
                                          est.)
                                          note: in 1997, there were about 100
                                          researchers whose numbers vary from
                                          winter (July) to summer (January)
                  Population growth rate: NA
    
     Government French Southern and Antarctic Lands
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                            Country name: conventional long form: Territory of
                                          the French Southern and Antarctic
                                          Lands
                                          conventional short form: French
                                          Southern and Antarctic Lands
                                          local long form: Territoire des
                                          Terres Australes et Antarctiques
                                          Francaises
                                          local short form: Terres Australes
                                          et Antarctiques Francaises
                       Dependency status: overseas territory of France since
                                          1955; administered from Paris by
                                          Administrateur Superieur Francois
                                          GARDE (since 24 May 2000), assisted
                                          by Secretary General Jean-Yves
                                          HERMOSO (since NA)
                Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of France);
                                          there are no first-order
                                          administrative divisions as defined
                                          by the US Government, but there are
                                          3 districts named Ile Crozet, Iles
                                          Kerguelen, and Iles Saint-Paul et
                                          Amsterdam; excludes "Adelie Land"
                                          claim in Antarctica that is not
                                          recognized by the US
                            Legal system: the laws of France, where
                                          applicable, apply
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of France)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (overseas territory of France)
                                      US:
                        Flag description: the flag of France is used
    
     Economy French Southern and Antarctic Lands
     -------------------------------------------
                      Economy - overview: Economic activity is limited to
                                          servicing meteorological and
                                          geophysical research stations and
                                          French and other fishing fleets. The
                                          fish catches landed on Iles
                                          Kerguelen by foreign ships are
                                          exported to France and Reunion.
    
     Communications French Southern and Antarctic Lands
     --------------------------------------------------
                                                    Internet country code: .tf
    
     Transportation French Southern and Antarctic Lands
     --------------------------------------------------
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only
                         Merchant marine: total: 71 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 2,815,472 GRT/4,806,161 DWT
    
                                          ships by type: bulk 5, cargo 5,
                                          chemical tanker 13, container 11,
                                          liquefied gas 7, petroleum tanker
                                          19, roll on/roll off 11
                                          note: includes some foreign-owned
                                          ships registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: Belgium 2, France 62,
                                          Japan 3, Monaco 1, Norway 5, Sweden
                                          1 (2002 est.)
                                Airports: none (2001)
    
     Military French Southern and Antarctic Lands
     --------------------------------------------
                            Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
                                             France
    
     Transnational Issues French Southern and Antarctic Lands
     --------------------------------------------------------
                Disputes - international: "Adelie Land" claim in Antarctica is
                                          not recognized by the US
    
                                         
  
  

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