As the registry for the .fr namespace, Afnic has published a new practical guide on the .fr TLD. Intended for anyone having or wishing to register a domain name with the .fr suffix, this summary document identifies the main legal issues that need to be known in order to optimize the management of a domain name under the .fr TLD.
In particular, the “Practical Guide for holders of domain names under the .fr TLD” explains:
- The rights and obligations of a holder of a domain name with the .fr suffix
- The various technical operations possible on a domain name in the .fr namespace, such as assigning / transferring a domain name, changing registrars, deleting a domain name, and so on.
- What happens if you forget to renew your domain name…
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.