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Liberalization of .fr and .re domain name registrations from 11th May 2004

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01/20/2004

Anyone listed on official on-line databases will be able to
register the domain name of one’s choice.

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 7th January 2004

The registration policy for .fr and .re has been evolving since 1998.

In 2004, the abolition of the “right to a name” is the new step.

This change will be put into effect in two stages:

From 11th May 2004, anyone who can be identified on-line in official national databases (companies, the self-employed, associations listed in the INSEE directory, trademark owners…), may register the domain name of one’s choice, without compliance anymore with the terms of any legal document.

A few months later, this possibility will also be extented to every individual or legal entitie -having a link with France- who is not identifiable from official on-line databases (private individuals, associations not identified in the INSEE directory, etc.)

The change in the .fr and .re registration policy will enable AFNIC to fully automate its domain name registration system.

Aware of the importance of this move and keeping up with its will to develop the “Internet with confidence”, AFNIC will introduce two novel features:

The qualification of domain names: in its .fr and .re domain names base accessible on line via
Whois, AFNIC will insert Web “links” connecting directly to the national databases
used in identifying the registrants (the databases of trade-court registries, of the INPI and INSEE).

Information about a dispute resolution policy.

Press conference by the Board of AFNIC

For further information…

Tuesday 20th January 2004 from 9.30 a.m. to 11a.m.
at the ACFCI – 45 avenue d’Iéna – 75016 Paris 
salle Chaptal

With a special guest: Mr. Renaud Dutreil,
Minister of State for SMEs, Trade, Small-Scale Industry
and the Professions.

Pictures

Just click to enlarge:

Picture 1 from left to right:
Jean-Claude Gorichon, Government representative, AFNIC –
Claude Ribeyrol, representative of the Ministry of Research and New Technology, member of the Board of AFNIC –
Cécile Felzines, vice-president of the Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACFCI) –
Jean-Yves Babonneau, CEO of AFNIC –
Renaud Dutreil, Minister of State for SMEs, Trade, Small-Scale Industry and the Professions. –
Philippe Clerc, ACFCI representative, member of the Board of AFNIC

Picture 2 from left to right:
Claude Ribeyrol –
Cécile Felzines –
Jean-Yves Babonneau –
Renaud Dutreil –
Philippe Clerc

Picture 3 from left to right:
Cécile Felzines –
Jean-Yves Babonneau –
Renaud Dutreil

Picture 4 from left to right:
Cécile Felzines –
Jean-Yves Babonneau –
Renaud Dutreil –
Philippe Clerc

Documents

Press release

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37 Ko

Invitation
to the press conference – 20th January 2004

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39 Ko

Press file

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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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.