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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 (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association. 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 3.2 million domain names 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 work for the common good of the French Internet. Afnic donates 90% of the profits from the .fr TLD to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity, which finances inclusive Internet projects in France and its overseas territories.