Following its appointment of March 2nd, AFNIC publishes today on its website the new Naming Policy for .fr domain names, which will apply starting March 16th.
The new version of the document particularly introduces the availability of .fr domain to French expatriates.
The registration and verification process of individual already established will be maintained:
There will be no new technical tests on entry of the data, in order to minimize the burden of checking domain name registrant’s geographical location;
AFNIC will check eligibility with the registrars managing the domain name:
The administrative contact person must be established in France;
These eligibility checks will be conducted in case of complaints from outside, as well as in the course of random checking.
Version of the Charter in force from March 16 2010:
Download the Charter for .fr domain names (200 Ko)
(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).
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.