In an Order published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on 28 June 2012, Ms Fleur Pellerin, Junior Minister for the Digital Economy, appointed Afnic as the registry for the .fr TLD for a new five-year term.
The decision came after a call for applications issued on 22 March 2012, complying with the new legislative framework for domain names implemented in 2011.
“This decision honours and rewards the quality of the work performed by AFNIC teams, and above all vouches for our main responsibility, which is to provide a safe and stable service fostering the development of innovation and designed to meet the needs of all French stakeholders,” said Jean-Pierre Dardayrol, Afnic Chairman.
Afnic would especially like to thank all those members of the community who endorsed the project through the many tokens of support it received, in particular on je-soutiens-afnic.fr.
Afnic’s business plan included a number of commitments, of which the main duties were specified in the Agreement signed with the French government:
- A commitment to maintain competitive, cost-oriented rates. The prices for domain names with the .fr extension offered by AFNIC are already 20% lower than those for the .com and will decrease by at least 5% within the next two years;
- In addition to its investments in security, the promotion of the .fr TLD and research & development, all of which have been renewed, AFNIC will donate the profits from the .fr TLD to a Support fund for the development of the Internet, with independent governance, which will fund research initiatives for the development of the Internet.
- The reaffirmation of the importance of the .fr TLD as an essential infrastructure for the Internet in France. A specific protocol will be signed in this respect between AFNIC, ANSSI and the Ministry in order to reinforce the security of the .fr namespace.
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.