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ICANN/Paris City Hall Contract signature & first 100 .paris domains announced

February 25, 2014

Signature of the ICANN / Paris City Hall Contract, First 100 .paris GeoTLD Holders Announced

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In February 21 in the Parisian offices of the NUMA incubator for start-ups and innovation, the registry contract for the .paris GeoTLD was signed by and between ICANN and Paris City Hall. Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, which has backed the application of the .paris GeoTLD since its inception, presented the role of the association and explained the implications of the project for the Afnic / Core group.

Nearly 150 people – including the first holders of the GeoTLD, partners and elected representatives – attended the event, during which:

  • the milestones in the .paris GeoTLD project were recalled, scheduled to open at the end of 2014;
  • the ambitions of this new namespace with its international status were explained;
  • the names of the first 100 .paris GeoTLD holders to be selected were announced.

As the technical operator for the registry and innovation platform, Afnic is particularly proud to partner with Paris City Hall, and thus provide a new service for the Internet community.


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Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association created in 1997. Appointed by the State to manage domain names under the .fr TLD, it promotes use of the namespace by entrepreneurs and individuals. As the incumbent manager of the .fr TLD with more than 2.9 million domain names in the .fr namespace to date, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 14 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh. Afnic is located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, where its staff of 80 works for the common good of the French Internet.