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6 December 2011 - Opening to Europe of the .fr and other TLDs operated by AFNIC

September 26, 2011

On 6 December, the .fr and other TLDs operated by AFNIC - .wf, .tf, .re, .pm, and .yt - will be open to Europe. Details:


The opening of the .fr TLD to the European Union follows on from the appointment of AFNIC – on 2 March 2010 – as the Registry for the .fr extension, as specified by the French decree of 6 February 2007. The contractual framework that accompanied the appointment was a novel one, including, within two years from the date of designation, the opening of the .fr to entities domiciled in the European Union.

In parallel, the new legal framework for domain names in France established by the Act of 22March 2011 meant that domain names involved a number of new issues. All the French Internet extensions (.fr, .re, .wf, .pm, .tf. yt...) were affected by the new procedures resulting from the law, including the opening to Europe before on 31/12/2011. An opening that will help promote the differents territories that are Wallis and Futuna, French Southern and Antarctic territories, Reunion Island, St. Pierre and Miquelon and Mayotte. 

What you need to know:

  • From 6 December onwards, the extensions .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic territories), .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), and .yt (Mayotte) operated by the AFNIC will be subject to the same registration rules as the .fr TLD.
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Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association. For 20 years, we have been the registry for the management of Internet addresses under the .fr TLD suffix. We also manage the French overseas TLDs for .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte). In addition to the more than 3.2 million domain names they represent, we are also the back-end registry for 14 companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD suffix including .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf. We actively support the digital transformation of small and mid-size businesses in France with our system Réussir en .fr ( and offer a free online presence support package ranging from diagnostic tools to on-site training throughout France. As an association, we federate a community of more than one hundred members with varied profiles but all of whom are stakeholders on the web: registrars, companies, federations, users, institutions, etc. Our role is part of a broader assignment involving the common good, which consists in helping to make the Internet more secure, stable and open to innovation each day, in which the French Internet community plays a leading role. In addition, we pay 90% of the profits from the management of the .fr TLD to our Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity ( which each year finances some thirty projects designed to reduce the digital divide throughout France.