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French India,former overseas territory of France in India, composed of the coastal enclaves of Pondichéry (now Puducherry), Karikal (now Karaikal), Yanaon (now Yanam), and Mahé (now Mahe) in the south and the inland trade settlement of Chandannagar near Kolkata (Calcutta). They were administered from the capital at Pondichéry. For the later history of the territory, see PuducherryPuducherry
, formerly Pondicherry
, union territory (2001 provisional pop. 973,829), 183 sq mi (474 sq km), India. It comprises the noncontiguous enclaves of former French India: Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry or Pondichéry) and
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a former French overseas territory in India, including Chandernagore and Pondicherry: restored to India between 1949 and 1954