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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. 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.