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AFNIC awarded .fr management after competitive tender

Press release

February 9, 2010 -

Press release Saint Quentin en Yvelines, February 9th 2010 A Ministerial Order by Mr Christian Estrosi, French Minister in charge of Industry Affairs, appoints AFNIC as .fr registry for the next 7 years.

AFNIC welcomes this decision as confirmation of its long-standing policy for developing the domain, which has made .fr the favourite choice of French users today. Mr Jean-Claude Gorichon, Chairman of AFNIC's Board, declares: "Beyond the acknowledgement of the work accomplished by our staff, this decision reinforces our vision of AFNIC: a centre of expertise serving all Internet stakeholders in France". About 190 organisations and individuals, at national and international levels, supported AFNIC's bid. AFNIC welcomes the conditions set in its appointment. As soon as XXX, .fr registrations will be open to French individuals living outside of France. The details have already been discussed with stakeholders. In the next few days, AFNIC will provide further details about the consequences of these decisions on its reference documents, including the .fr Charter. Further information Misterial Order n° YY of ZZ Decree of 6 February, 2007 on French ccTLDs (In French only) 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.