I thought colonies were long gone.
I think we should - if only to mightily annoy the colonial overlords: Pro-independence candidate elected as new president of French Polynesia; Jacqus Chirac probably unamused:
One of France's farthest-flung and most exotic colonial possessions, French Polynesia, elected its first pro-independence leader yesterday in a blow to the government in Paris.
The new head of state, Oscar Temaru, replaced a long-time political ally of President Jacques Chirac as president. The new man favours independence for the South Pacific archipelago, also known by the name of its main island, Tahiti...
France is likely to oppose any move towards independence. Thousands of French troops and civil servants are based on Tahiti.
"French Polynesia is part of France's aspirations to have a presence in every ocean and any loss of territory would have an impact on their status as a power with global reach," said Mr Maclellan. "The territory also has a huge exclusive economic zone, with rights to fishing and sea bed minerals." (Emphasis mine)
Repeat after me: It's all about the sea bed minerals!