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Publication of the synthesis of the public consultation on French Top Level Domains

Press release

October 31, 2008 -

Press release Saint Quentin en Yvelines, October 31st 2008 The French Department of Economy, Industry and Employment has yesterday made public the synthesis of the public consultation on French Internet Top Level Domains, that took place last Spring. All contributions (about thirty, in all) are also made public

AFNIC welcomes this important new stage in the process designed by the Decree of February the 6th 2007, that must lead to the formal appointment of the registries for .fr and overseas Internet Top Level Domains. The number of received contributions, along with their tone, demonstrate the commitment of the French domain names stakeholders for a stable, open and transparent management of French Top Level Domains. The expectations expressed within this consultation, widely echo the analysis drawn by AFNIC in its anwser, published in July. The synthesis of the contributions particularly highlights the fact that ".fr has a positive and satisfying image, that inspires confidence". AFNIC is now ready to reply to the calls for bidders, which constitute the next step of the appointment process. About AFNIC (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération ) Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names. AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars). Further information.    
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Afnic is the acronym for Association française pour le nommage internet en coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been delegated by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr TLD, as well as the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs. In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic's role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, donates 90% of its profits to its Foundation for Digital Solidarity. Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf. Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has 82 employees.