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.fr passes 3 million registrations milestone!

Press release

December 13, 2016 -

.fr has just passed the milestone of 3 million domain names. Simplicity, attractiveness and trust are the main reasons for its success.

.fr is still growing

With a growth of 2.1% in 2016, .fr is still among the most dynamic top level domains in Europe, in terms of volumes of domain names ranking 4th continent-wide*.

The continued growth of .fr: a community success

Crossing the 3 million milestone for .fr is primarily the result of a collective effort by all stakeholders in the French Internet community. Afnic acknowledges the commitment of all its partners, first and foremost the Afnic-accredited registrars, but also all the registrants of .fr domain names, both professionals and individuals. Afnic thanks them for their trust in "Made in France" brand on the Internet.

Simplicity and efficiency to promote the development of .fr

The collegial work carried out by Afnic, based on exchanges with and the experiences of users, has helped simplify the procedure required to register a .fr address. Today, any person or company with a mailing address in France or in the European Union can register a .fr domain name, quickly, simply and affordably.

.fr domain name holders support digital inclusion

3 million .fr domain names are equally as many opportunities to make the Internet accessible to the greatest number, and reduce digital exclusion. As part of that effort, Afnic donates 90% of the profits generated by .fr activities to its self-named Foundation for digital inclusion(, which funds field projects throughout France.

3 million successes online!

"Registering a .fr domain name is one of the keys to a successful online presence for companies and individuals alike. To support the development of their business on the Internet, Afnic has set up the Ré program (www.ré, and intends to continue its efforts to make France a European leader in online presence," adds Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO.


*Source: Centr, December 2016,


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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. For 20 years, we have been the registry for the management of Internet addresses under the .fr TLD suffix. We also manage the French overseas TLDs for .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte). In addition to the more than 3.2 million domain names they represent, we are also the back-end registry for 14 companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD suffix including .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf. We actively support the digital transformation of small and mid-size businesses in France with our system Réussir en .fr ( and offer a free online presence support package ranging from diagnostic tools to on-site training throughout France. As an association, we federate a community of more than one hundred members with varied profiles but all of whom are stakeholders on the web: registrars, companies, federations, users, institutions, etc. Our role is part of a broader assignment involving the common good, which consists in helping to make the Internet more secure, stable and open to innovation each day, in which the French Internet community plays a leading role. In addition, we pay 90% of the profits from the management of the .fr TLD to our Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity ( which each year finances some thirty projects designed to reduce the digital divide throughout France.