Launched on 2 September 1986, the .fr TLD is turning 25. To celebrate the anniversary in style, AFNIC is organizing a gala evening on 11 October on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, to which the entire French Internet community is invited. More than 300 guests are expected.
- During the evening, the “The French Reconnection” prize, which highlights the best websites in the .fr namespace, will be awarded to the five winners (one prize for each of the four categories and a special jury prize awarded by FrenchWeb).
- A copy of the magazine “The .fr turns 25″ will be given to each guest. The magazine outlines the key moments in the history of the .fr TLD, with testimonials from companies and institutions that have opted for the .fr TLD and all those who have taken an active part in the saga behind the .fr namespace.
Click on the image below to view Bertrand Louveau’s interview for Emakina
(Video credits: Emakina 2011)
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, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic 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 nearly 90 employees.