The .fr TLD
- More than three million individuals, companies and organizations use the .fr TLD to speak in French to the French-speaking world
- 82% of users spontaneously search for the websites of French companies with the .fr TLD
The .fr extension is a top level Internet domain (TLD) that refers to the territorial space of France. Whether you're a private individual or a public enterprise, by choosing and buying a .fr domain name you can enjoy maximum visibility among French Internet users. Domain names with the .fr TLD have been managed since 1998 by Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération", the French Association for Internet Naming in Cooperation ). They are available to any European company or individual residing within the European Union as well as in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The reservation of .re domain names, for an automatically renewable period of 12 months, is exclusively performed through registrars , the list of which can be found on the Afnic website.
Differentiation and proximity
The vast majority (82%) of French Internet users spontaneously search in the .fr TLD for corporate websites. While a domain name with a generic extension is associated with an image of international stature, among Internet users, a domain name with the .fr extension reinforces the feeling that the company is present on French territory, and therefore easier to contact if the need arises. This is especially true for commercial enterprises or organizations concerned with the general public, as well as e-commerce sites. For the latter, registering a .fr domain name is not only an initial indication of its proximity and responsiveness, but also a sign that its offer has been designed for French Internet users, and in compliance with the regulations that protect consumers in France.
Stability, performance and security
Backed by a naming policy that respects the public interest, strict attention to the rights of third parties, and stringent standards in terms of technical quality, Afnic maintains the .fr namespace with a high level of stability and performance, ensuring that .fr domain names remain accessible from anywhere on the Internet. That reliability and security have been further strengthened since 2010 by the implementation of DNSSEC, an Internet protocol that ensures the integrity of DNS information from the .fr namespace. Technically, a domain name under the .fr TLD may comprise from 2 to 63 alphanumeric characters.
If you are in the process of creating a web site don't forget to read our section on How to choose and create your .fr domain name !