Territoire des îles Wallis et Futuna
Telitolia o Uvea mo Futuna

Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands

Overseas collectivity of ‌France
Flag of France Coat of Arms of Wallis and Futuna
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
La Marseillaise
Map of Wallis and Futuna
Status Overseas collectivity
President of France
- From 2007Nicolas Sarkozy
Administrator Superior
- From 2010Michel Jeanjean
Legislature Territorial Assembly
July 29, 1961Overseas territory
March 28, 2003Overseas collectivity
Area264 km²
- 200915,289
CurrencyCFP franc
Flag of None Colony of Wallis and Futuna Islands

The Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands is an overseas collectivity of France, located in Polynesia.


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.[1]


The economy is limited to traditional subsistence agriculture, with about 80% of labor force earnings from agriculture (coconuts and vegetables), livestock (mostly pigs), and fishing. About 4% of the population is employed in government. Revenues come from French Government subsidies, licensing of fishing rights to Japan and South Korea, import taxes, and remittances from expatriate workers in New Caledonia.[2]

President of France

  • Nicolas Sarkozy () (January 1, 2007 - )

Administrator Superior

  • Michel Jeanjean () (July 12, 2010 - )


French Overseas Collectivities


  1. The CIA World Factbook: Introduction - Background
  2. The CIA World Factbook: Economy - Overview
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