.fr reserved domain names have been released

On Friday 1 July 2011, AFNIC, the French Registry, released most of the names on its reserved list for registration. This applies to prohibited and reserved terms (the names of municipalities in particular), to domain names subject to naming conventions such as those beginning with agglo-, cc-, cg-, cr-, mairie-, ville- (the French prefixes for urban authority, chamber of commerce, general council, regional council, town hall, and city). It also applies to the registration of domain names with the extensions asso.fr, gouv.fr, and .tm.fr (the extensions for associations, government bodies, and trademarks registered under the .fr TLD).

The list of available domains can be viewed at www.afnic.fr/obtenir/chartes/fondamentaux_en. The list will change over time.

To apply for any of the domains, applicants must state the grounds for their registration requests i.e. show a ‘legitimate interest’. AFNIC may request supporting documentation if necessary to identify a legitimate interest after the application is submitted but it is not necessary prior to the application.

For more information, please contact your NetNames account manager.