Mayotte is an overseas collectivity of France at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean, between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique, near (and formerly part of) the Comoros.
For the history of Mayotte before 1974 see History of the Comoros
Military - note: defense is the responsibility of France. A small contingent of French forces is stationed on the island.
From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Not Wikified.