The central debate is the reinforcement of autonomy in relation to France.
The territorial elections in Wallis and Futuna will take place on Sunday 20 March 2022. 28 lists are running for… 20 seats in the territorial assembly. There are 19 lists for Wallis and 9 for Futuna. This year, the debate revolves around a major issue: the strengthening of autonomy! For the moment, the executive (the government) is assured by the prefect of Wallis and Funtua. He is a senior civil servant who represents the French government in Paris. The idea is to replace this executive by a local government, as in Polynesia or New Caledonia. This question of greater autonomy has arisen in all the French overseas territories. It also arises in Corsica, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea about 160 kilometres from France. It is important to note that unlike New Caledonia and French Polynesia, there are no independence demands in Wallis and Futuna.
There are also local elections on Sunday in other French territories around the world: Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin in the West Indies and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon near Canada.