In its May issue, Afnic’s Industry Report on Domain Names focuses on the geographical location of .fr domain names and reveals the following facts:
- The Isère (25%) and Alpes-Maritimes (22%) departments have the highest annual growth rates of domain names under the .fr TLD.
- The Top 10 in terms of the number of domain names registered in France are Paris (17% of the names registered in France), the Hauts-de-Seine (6% of .fr domain names), Haute-Garonne and Rhone (with 4%), Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Nord, Val-de-Marne and Yvelines (with 3%) and Gironde (2%) departments;
- There is a close correlation between the number of .fr domain names registered per department and the level of economic activity. For example, nearly all of the top 10 departments in terms of the number of .fr domain names registered are in the Top 10 in terms of GDP;
- Of the 2.6 million .fr domain names, approximately 4% have been registered outside France, representing more than 105,000 names. Germany holds nearly a quarter (24.3%), followed by Belgium, the UK and the Netherlands.