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1st review of the opening to Europe of the .fr, wf, .re, .yt, .pm, and .tf TLDs

December 6, 2011

Tuesday, 6 Dec. marks the day when the .fr TLD and the other TLDs managed by AFNIC (.wf, .tf, .re, .pm and .yt) are opened to Europe. Details


The .fr as well as other extensions made ​​by AFNIC (.wf for Wallis and Futuna, .tf for the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, .re for Reunion Island, .pm for Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and .yt for Mayotte) are now open to Europe, in accordance with the French Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Act of 22 March 2011, and after the public consultation held in the summer of 2010.


Things to know:


  •  From now on, any European company or individual residing within the European Union as well as in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, is entitled to hold any of these extensions.


  • The extensions .wf, .tf, .re, .pm and .yt are now subject to the same registration rules as the .fr TLD.


The opening to Europe of these extensions is a major opportunity for promoting the French Overseas Departments and Territories in question, and for asserting their rights to their cyber-identity. 


Find out more about the new registration policy for French extensions



Statistics at 1:30 pm

  • 3500 registrations from 70 registrars
  • the domain name holders live: 62 % in France (including 9 % on Reunion Island, 13 % in Germany, 6 % in United Kingdom, 3 % in Belgium, 2 % in Italy...
  • 50 % of registrations were made under .fr, 18 % under .re, 11 % under .pm, 8 % under .yt, 6 % under .wf, 5 % under .tf
  • Top 10 of registrars that participated the most to this opening
    • OVH : 29 %
    • Gandi : 14%
    • Ascio Technologies Inc : 12 %
    • InterNext Gmbh : 6 %
    • 1API gMBh : 5 %
    • Key Systems Gmbh : 4 %
    • Indom : 4 %
    • Melbourne IT CBS AB : 4 %
    • Mesh Digital Limited : 3 %
    • Mailclub : 2 %



To register your domain names in .fr, .wf, .yt, .pm, .re, .tf, you must contact a registrar. Consult the registars directory.





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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.