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[.fr and overseas] Release of 11 January 2016

Tuesday 10 November 2015 16:30:00

The next release for .fr and overseas will make birth data for individuals optional and will include the closing of the frnic-1.2 extension.


On monday 11 January 2016* the new release for .fr and overseas will include the following elements :

  • Birth data (place and date of birth) will now become optional for individuals. This evolution requires the implementation of a new frnic extension.
  • The frnic-1.2 extension will no longer be accepted by the EPP server (to login as well as with the commands using this extension). Frnic-1.3 and frnic-1.4 will remain the only two extensions accepted by the EPP server. Please note that frnic-1.3 will soon disappear. We strongly advise you to make a transition towards the 1.4 version as soon as possible. A stop date for frnic-1.3 will be announced in the beginning of 2016.


Download the technical specifications for this evolution



  • 23 November 2015 : Opening of the Sandbox
  • 11 January 2016 : In production*


For any questions in regards to this evolution, do not hesitate to contact your account manager.


*The time of this new release on 11 January 2016 will be given on 23 November for the opening of the Sandbox.


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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 appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages 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 80 employees.