GDB wrote:If you mean the UK has a hands off approach to the governments of the Commonwealth, yes, so unlike the continued French military presence in the 'former' colonies in mainly Africa, usually propping up pliable dictators decades after their 'independence'.
Do really want me to link the then Australian PM Paul Keating's robust, cutting and sarcastically very funny objections to French nuclear testing still going on in the 1990's in their SE Asian colonies? It's on You Tube.
I don't just mean the hands off approach, I mean they literally don't have a head of state, since the Queen doesn't leave the UK anymore.
French military presence in Africa : it's complicated. When we're not there stuff happens, like in Mali. When we don't act then we're accused of being accomplices to what's happening, like in Rwanda.
As for French Polynesia (or any other overseas territory), people there are full French citizens, they vote for the French president, for senators and national assembly members. They also have the right to self determination and can leave France if they wish. So far, they have chosen to stay French.
If you have to make nuclear tests, it makes sense to make them in one of the most isolated places on the planet, don't you think ? In the middle of the biggest ocean. New Zealand is more than 4700 kilometres away. By comparison the whole of Europe is closer than that from one of the USSR test site, Novaya Zemlya, where the Tsar Bomba was detonated.