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French Southern and Antarctic Lands
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Terres australes et antarctiques françaises

Français Terres australes et antarctiques françaises - Territoire des Terres australes et antarctiques françaises

Le territoire des Terres australes et antarctiques françaises, constitue depuis 1955, un territoire d’outre-mer de la France, composé de trois districts insulaires du sud de l’océan Indien (les îles Kerguelen, les îles Crozet et les îles Saint-Paul et Amsterdam) et d’une portion du continent antarctique : la Terre Adélie.
L’application du traité de l’Antarctique, dont la France est signataire, place cependant la Terre Adélie dans une situation particulière. La souveraineté française, qui n’est pas reconnue par les autres nations, est exercée de manière limitée et conforme au Traité.
Une loi de 2007 a ajouté un cinquième district aux TAAF, celui tropical des Îles Éparses (l’île Tromelin, l’île Europa, l’atoll Bassas da India, les îles Glorieuses, l’île Juan de Nova) précédemment administrées séparément depuis la Réunion (bien que ces îles n’aient jamais fait partie de ce département d’outre-mer).

English French Southern and Antarctic Lands - Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands

The Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands consist of a group of volcanic islands in the southern Indian Ocean, south of Africa, approximately equidistant between ► Madagascar and ► Réunion, ► Antarctica and ► Australia (This part alone is defined as the French Southern Territories internationally) and the Adélie Land (French sovereignty exercises over this part of the Antarctica continent according to the Antarctic Treaty System).
The Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean under French sovereignty became in 2007 the fifth district of the territory and comprises four small coral islands and an atoll in the Indian Ocean. They have no permanent population. Three of the islands groups, Glorieuses, Juan de Nova and Europa, as well as the Bassas da India atoll lie in the Mozambique Channel west of Madagascar, while the fourth island, Tromelin, is about 220 miles east of Madagascar. In the same area lie ► Heard Island and McDonald Islands (which are not part of this French territory but are governed by Australia).


Short name French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Official name Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Status ► French overseas territory
Location Indian Ocean
Capital Saint-Pierre (administrative only)
Population 310 inhabitants
Area 439781 km²
Major language(s) French
Major religion(s)
More information French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Geography of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, History of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and Politics of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
More images French Southern and Antarctic Lands - French Southern and Antarctic Lands (Category).

General maps

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  1. The Scattered Islands (one district)
  2. Kerguelen Islands (one district)
  3. Crozet Islands (one district)
  4. Amsterdam and Saint-Paul Islands (one district)
  5. Adélie Land (one district, not shown here)

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.

The islands that form nowadays the French Southern and Antarctic Lands are aqcuired by France between 1772 and 1843. France adds these islands and the claim on Antartica to Madagascar. France separates the French Southern and Antarctic Lands in 1955 from Madagascar.
Glorioso Island became a French possession in 1892, followed in 1897 by Bassas da India, Europa Island and Juan de Nova Island. In 1954 Tromelin Island came under French control. Since 2005 the islands have been administered on behalf of the French state by the senior administrator of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories. The islands had previously been under the administration of the prefect of Réunion since the independence of Madagascar in 1960. France maintains a military garrison of around 14 troops on each of the islands in the Mozambique Channel, which are claimed by Madagascar. The Glorieuses islands are also claimed by the Comoros, while Mauritius claims Tromelin island.

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps older than 70 years of this entry.

Kerguel map.jpg Map drawn during the Kerguelen expedition of James Cook in 1784


The Scattered Islands (one district)

Iles eparses de l'ocean Indien.png

This district is the most recently added one (in 2007) within the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. Location of the Scattered Islands:

  1. Bassas da India
  2. Europa Island
  3. Glorioso Islands
  4. Juan de Nova Island
  5. Tromelin Island

(KM : Comoros, MG : Madagascar, MU : Mauritius, MZ : Mozambique, RE : Réunion, YT : Mayotte)

Iles eparses de l'ocean Indien.svg
Îles éparses.svg Map of the Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean
Iles Eparses-CIA WFB Map.png Scattered Islands

Satellite maps

Bassas da india.jpg Satellite map of Bassas da India
Europa Island space view.jpg Satellite map of Europa Island
Glorioso Islands.jpg Satellite map of the Glorioso Islands
Juan de Nova Island NASA ISS005 image-georectified.jpg Juan de Nova, International Space Station image at low tide
Juan de Nova Island.jpg Juan de Nova, Landsat image at high tide
Tromelin.jpg Satellite map of Tromelin


Maps of Bassas da India (part of the Scattered Islands)

Bassas da India-CIA WFB Map.png CIA WFB map of Bassas da India
Bassas da india 76.jpg CIA map of Bassas da India
Bassas da India atoll map-fr.png Detailed map of Bassas da India


Maps of Europa Island (part of the Scattered Islands)

Europa Island.gif CIA WFB map of Europa Island
Ile Europa (french).svg Map of Europa Island (made from the CIA map)
Ile europa 76.jpg CIA map of Europa Island
EuropaIsland Map-en.png Map of Europa Island
Europa Island simplified land cover map-fr.svg Map of Europa Island land cover (in French)
EuropaIsland Map-fr.png Map of Europa Island in French


Maps of Glorioso Islands (part of the Scattered Islands)

Glorioso Islands-CIA WFB Map.png CIA WFB map of Glorioso Islands
Iles glorieuses 76.jpg CIA map of Glorioso Islands


Maps of Juan de Nova (part of the Scattered Islands)

LocationJuanDeNova.png Location of Juan de Nova Island
Juan de Nova Island and reef land cover map-fr.jpg Detailed map of the land cover of Juan de Nova Island (in French)
Juan de Nova Island-CIA WFB Map.png CIA WFB map of Juan de Nova Island
Ile juan de nova 76.jpg CIA map of Juan de Nova Island


Maps of Tromelin (part of the Scattered Islands)

Tromelin Island-CIA WFB Map.png CIA WFB map of Tromelin
Ile tromelin 76.jpg CIA map of Tromelin


Kerguelen Islands (one district)

Kerguelen topographic map-fr.png Kerguelen Islands topographic map (district).
Kerguelen-pos.png Position of the Kerguelen Islands.

Crozet Islands (three district)

Crozet Map.png Crozet Islands (district).
Île de la Possession.png Île de la Possession (part of the Crozet Islands district).

Amsterdam and Saint-Paul Islands (one district)

AmsterdamIsl Map.png Amsterdam Island (part of the Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands district).
StPaul Map.png Saint-Paul Island (part of the Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands district).


Adélie Land (one district)

TerreAdelie.png Terre Adélie, the French claim on Antarctica.


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