It is therefore very important for trade mark owners to protect their trade marks at the earliest opportunity by registering their corresponding .fr domain names.
And if they don't choose to register those names, they should not be able to wrest them from a registrant unles the use of the domain infringes via content (not meta tags) or is held for ransom. Ransom means a $35 domain selling for $3500 out of the box, for example. In addtion, if a domain has been in use for a year or more before a tm holder decides to try to hijack it, it should be a "no go," again, barring content infringement.
One of the most unreasonable aspects of domain name conflicts, IMO, is the trademark holders who did not choose to register a domain and then did everything they could to take them from people who did register them, many of whom used them fairly. It then went further with tm holders going after similar names that had nothing to do with their own line of business or those who had exact names and used them for differnt lines of business (clue.com comes to mind).
I'm glad to see .fr go to first come, first served. That's the way it was meant to be in the first place.