The most active community about the NFC world is definitely the French one. There has been a pilot ongoing since the last year and the results are (as almost all pilots) pretty positive. Now France is taking another step and setting up the standards for NFC based mobile payments for Europe.
AEPM (Association Européenne Payez Mobile) was founded by French banks and mobile operators for standardizing the NFC payment systems and now they have another version of standards which is freely downloadable from here.
France was the first country in the world to start the nation wide smart card deployments and they are still in the lead of smart card technology. It’s not a chance that almost all the big card and POS companies are France based.