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Evolution of the .fr and .re registration rules and procedures on March 30th, 2009

January 16, 2009


The significant growth of the .fr, the domain name evolutions on the international level and the practice by the users lead AFNIC to simplify the registration rules and procedures for .fr and .re domain names.

New elements in the registration procedures Within the context to simplify and standardize the procedures with the registrars, AFNIC will implement the EPP protocol starting March 30th 2009. The implementation of this new registration interface is done in cooperation with the registrars and has started more than a year ago. Important changes will also come-along, notably for the redemption period (from 7 to 30 days), holder identification, rules for the registrar changes (transfer) of a domain name and the unique authorization code (auth_info) that must be given to each domain name holder. Other major change: the domain name status. AFNIC will differentiate the registration from the activation of a domain name. At the time being, a domain name registration is only valid after its publication in the Whois directory and on the DNS servers. Starting March 30th, it will be possible to only register a domain name, that is to say published in the Whois and then, as an option, activated in the DNS. For more information, you will find the first version of the new Procedure manual (1,5 Mo - In French only / Translation under way) and a document Before / After March 30th 2009  (410 Ko - In French only / Translation under way). New registration conditions At the same time, a new Naming Charter for .fr and .re domain names will be effective on March 30th, 2009. Direct registration under .fr and .re will be favoured, with the goal to simplify the Charter. The major changes will take place on the subdomains listed below. No domain names will be deleted but starting March 30th, registrations will no longer be available under these subdomains: The and (subdomains reserved to individuals) will no longer be available for registration. Existing domain names will be maintained. The (for R&D projects) and (for press organisms) subdomains will also be closed for registration. Only the naming conventions,,,,, will be maintained and subjected to an authorized registration. AFNIC will no longer check that the other naming conventions are respected. AFNIC will spend 2009 on a gradual administration shift of the sectorial domain names towards other structures. AFNIC has already contact the different persons in charge of these domains. 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.