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IntroducedSeptember 2, 1986; 37 years ago (1986-09-02)
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
Intended useEntities connected with France
Actual useVery popular in France
Registered domains3.979.042 (9 October 2022)[1]
Registration restrictionsRestricted to residents of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
DocumentsRegistration Agreement
Dispute policiesAlternative Dispute Resolutions
Registry websiteAFNIC

.fr is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet for France. It is administered by AFNIC. The domain includes all individuals and organizations registered at the Association française pour le nommage Internet en coopération (AFNIC).[2]

Since 2004, websites registered with the .fr domain are archived and preserved by the Bibliothèque nationale de France.[3]


In order to purchase and use a .fr domain, they must be a resident of the European Union or an EFTA member state (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein).[4]

British restrictions[edit]

Due to the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, since 1 January 2021 UK residents are not able to register new .fr domains. However, the AFNIC has stated that all domains registered before 31 December 2020 by Britons will not be affected.[5]

Other domains under French administration[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Données détaillées sur les domaines - AFNIC". www.nic.fr. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  2. ^ Gayard, Laurent (2018-04-16). Darknet: Geopolitics and Uses. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-119-52249-2.
  3. ^ Lasfargues, France; Oury, Clément; Wendland, Bert (2008-09-18). "Legal deposit of the French Web: harvesting strategies for a national domain". HAL.
  4. ^ ".FR domain policies". OpenSRS Help & Support. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  5. ^ Neylon, Michele (2020-05-27). "Brexit Will Impact .EU and .FR Domains". Hosting & Domains News. Retrieved 2020-12-31.

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