Why Do They Own All That Real Estate?
France owns Clipperton Island, which is just north of the Equator and somewhat west of the Panama Canal. Do they even know it’s there? How about New Caledonia, a bit east of Australia? Any direct flights from Paris? Here’s one even most of those frogs don’t know about: Wallis and Futuna Islands just on the wrong side of the date line.
They own Kerguelen Island, in the southern Indian Ocean (and, by the way, where you will come out if you dig a hole straight down from New York City; sorry, China). Ask any Parisian if they’ve heard of St. Paul and Amsterdam Islands; after all, they own them down in the south Indian Ocean. St. Pierre and Miquelon is a swim from Newfoundland.
The United Kingdom claims South Georgia and South Sandwich, down near Antarctica, a good place to put the randy members of the Royal Family when they are kicking their heels up. Another good place for them would be the Chagos Archipelago; you own it, you populate it, in the “British Indian Ocean Territory,” the Oil Islands.
The Brits also own Pitcairn Island, and we all know what went on there. It took a while, but these days the abused have become the abusers and paradise has turned into hell for many of the women. They also claim the Falkland Islands, way down the end of South America, which nobody knew about until Argentina needed an excuse for a war.