Overseas Territory (France)
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Overseas Territory France
The term overseas territory (French: territoire d'outre-mer or TOM) is an administrative division of France and is currently only applied to the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
The division differs from that of overseas departments (French: Département d'outre-mer or DOM), but because of some common peculiarities, DOMs, TOMs and other overseas possessions under other statuses are often referred to collectively as les DOM/TOM. Unlike the British Overseas Territories, which are not constitutionally part of the United Kingdom or its national territory, they are integral parts of the French Republic.
Former overseas territories
- French India, from 1946 to 1954, now the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry
- New Caledonia, from 1946 to 1999, now a sui generis collectivity
- French Polynesia, from 1946 to 2003, now an overseas collectivity
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon, from 1946 to 1976 and 1985 to 2003, now an overseas collectivity
- Wallis and Futuna, from 1961 to 2003, now an overseas collectivity
- Mayotte, from 1974 to 2003, now an overseas department