french southern and antarctic territories








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  1. a French overseas territory, comprising Adélie Land in Antarctica, the islands of Amsterdam and St Paul and the Kerguelen and Crozet archipelagos in the S Indian Ocean, and (from 2007), the Îles Eparses (“scattered islands”) previously administered from Réunion, consisting of Bassas da India, Europa, the Glorioso Islands (Îles Glorieuses), Juan de Nova, and Tromelin Island; no permanent population: all claims to the mainland of Antarctica are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959

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