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.paris, mainly French

December 23, 2014

The December 2014 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names focuses on the launch of .paris and reveals the first trends of this new TLD.


The Afnic French Domain Name Industry Report provides the key figures and trends related to the global domain name market.

On December 2, 2014, .paris domain names became available to the general public. The December Issue studies the geographic distribution of registrants and the registrars market share.


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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.