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Boris Dintrans joins the Afnic Board of Trustees

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RENATER Director Boris Dintrans joined the Board of Trustees of Afnic, the .fr registry office, on 13 March 2023.

Boris DintransBoris Dintrans Boris Dintrans, Director of the public interest grouping RENATER (the French National Telecommunications Network for Technology, Education and Research), represents the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, one of the three founding members of the Afnic Association, on the Board of Trustees.


Previously Director of CINES (National Computer Centre for Higher Education), Boris Dintrans played an active role in the reorganisation of digital technology within education and research, as well as its governance and the consistency between State operators.

With a PhD in physics, astronomy and astrophysics, he began his career at CALMIP supercomputing centre before joining IRAP (Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology) and the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) as head of development programmes and promotion of stellar astrophysics in France and abroad.

Afnic would like to welcome Mr Dintrans and is looking forward to learning from his experience and extensive expertise.

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The Afnic Board of Trustees is composed of ten members:

five representatives appointed by the founding members: two for Inria and one each for the ministries concerned (Electronic Communications, Industry and Research);

five member representatives, elected by the General Assembly: two representatives of ‘Registrar’ members, two representatives of ‘User’ members, and one representative of Correspondent members.

Functioning: Afnic’s bodies


RENATER, a research infrastructure, is a major digital player in the Education and Research community. It designs and operates a reliable, secure, very high-speed network guaranteeing national and international connectivity for the sole use of more than 2 million users at 1,400 education and research sites.

RENATER has a wide range of communication services as well as effective collaborative services, sovereign communication and information exchange tools that meet the needs of the education and research community and certain National Education needs. RENATER’s ongoing objective is to anticipate changes in uses and technologies in order to provide its users with ever-more high-performance solutions.

RENATER is the French member of the pan-European research network GÉANT, the main infrastructure providing international connections for the education and research community in France. It supports international cooperation by sharing R&D work and disseminating services within this community.

Created in 1993, RENATER is a public interest grouping (GIP) of around 100 individuals across the head office in Paris and 3 regional branches (Grenoble, Montpellier, Rennes).

About Afnic

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.