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The French Government says an exploration and educational mission is being sent to Wallis and Futuna to assess undersea mineral wealth.
It is still unclear if France recognises either of the two kings on Wallis enthroned by rival royal families this month.
Tropical Cyclone Amos continued to intensify on Saturday, and is likely to be a category four by the time it reaches Samoa.
Tropical Cyclone Amos is expected to strengthen to a category three storm as it passes just north of Wallis during the night.
Cyclone Amos is now moving southeast and intensifying but remains largely over open water.
A Pacific Community conference due to be held in Wallis and Futuna has been relocated because of the tension emanating from the installation of two rival kings over the weekend.
An accord has been reached among the royal families of Wallis for the enthronement of a new king to go ahead tomorrow as planned.
There are hopes in Wallis and Futuna of an economic boost with fresh air links to Fiji.
A deal has been struck in Wallis and Futuna to end an 11-day blockade of the territory's international airport.
The French authorities have gone to court in a bid to end the blockade of the airport on Wallis, which has been closed by disgruntled locals since Monday.