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The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842, and took official control of them between 1886 and 1888. Notably, Wallis and Futuna was the only French colony to side with the Vichy regime during World War II, a phase that ended in May of 1942 with the arrival of 2,000 American troops. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory and officially assumed this status in July 1961.


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Military

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 3,376
Females age 16-49 3,314 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 168
Female 139 (2010 est.)

Military - note
Defense is the responsibility of France


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Wallis And Futuna [ France ] (Overseas Territory):
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GPS points from Wallis And Futuna [ France ] (Overseas Territory)

square Mont Kolofau Wallis And Futuna (general)

square The Lions Wallis And Futuna (general)

square Mont Holo Wallis And Futuna (general)

square Baie De Mata'utu Wallis And Futuna (general)

square Nuku Futu Island Wallis And Futuna (general)

square Isabella Reef Wallis And Futuna (general)

square Pointe Mataaho Wallis And Futuna (general)

square Ile Nukuofo Wallis And Futuna (general)




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