As of 30 March, registrants of .fr (France) domains, along with other ccTLDs managed by AFNIC, will be able to choose registration periods of one to ten years.
Prior to this change, registrants of .fr domains had to renew their domains every 12 months.
As well as .fr, the changes also apply to the overseas French ccTLDs managed by AFNIC – .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte).
On 11 May, AFNIC submitted its applications to manage the 11 French country code top level domains (ccTLDs) with the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry.
Following the publication in the Official Journal of the French Republic on 20 March calling for applications to manage the ccTLDs for France and its overseas territories, AFNIC officially applied to act as the registry for the following:
- .FR for France;
- .BL for Saint-BarthÃ©lemy;
- .GF for French Guiana;
- .GP for Guadeloupe;
- .MF for Saint-Martin;
- .MQ for Martinique;
- .PM for Saint-Pierre and Miquelon;
- .RE for Reunion Island
- .TF for the French Southern and Antarctic Territories;
- .WF for Wallis and Futuna;
- .YT for Mayotte.
AFNIC also announced they received support from more than 660 parties for its applications to act as the registry for the ccTLDs, including:
- 305 individuals
- 172 companies
- 104 registrars
- 38 registries
- 8 legal experts and intellectual property specialists
- 19 representatives from academia and research
- 14 political representatives.
More information on the AFNIC proposal to manage the 11 ccTLDs is available from the dedicated campaign website (only in French) at je-soutiens-afnic.fr.
To register your .FR domain, or for many of the other French ccTLDs, see Europe Registry here.
French territories with their own ccTLD will have the same registration policies as .FR from 6 December, the registry has announced.
The ccTLDs included are .WF (Wallis and Futuna), .TF (French Southern and Antarctic territories), .RE (RÃ©union), .PM (St. Pierre and Miquelon), and .YT (Mayotte) and are all operated by AFNIC.
To check out the new registration policies, see www.afnic.fr/medias/documents/AFNIC-naming-policy2012.pdf.
To register your .FR domain name, or any other name for one of the French territories, check out Europe Registry here.