Paris, June 15th, 2006
Starting June 20th, 2006, the AFNIC will open .fr domains to individuals:
persons over the age of 18 with a postal address in France will be able
to register the domain name of their choice directly under .fr.
The Internet Rights Forum (part of the European Internet coregulation network), in association with the AFNIC, will handle the extra judicial settlements of .fr domain disputes brought by individuals through its
Internet Mediator service.
Two types of disputes are concerned: between two individuals or
between an individual and a company.
“The AFNIC wants to make the resolutions of eventual disputes as flexible as
possible. Thanks to its mediation service, the Internet Rights Forum aquired an expertise we
would like individuals with .fr domains to benefit from.” said Mathieu
Weill, AFNIC Chief Executive.
“This new service offered to Internet users contributes to expanding
the trust in Internet and completes the mediation service from the Internet Rights Forum”
said Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Internet Rights Forum President.
The Internet Rights Forum’s mediation service is free of charge and web users are invited
to make their requests at the following address:
MediateurDuNet has solved more than 4.000 cases since its opening in
September 2004, mostly concerning disputes from e-commerces and Internet
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About the Internet Rights Forum
The Internet Rights Forum is an organization created with the support of public authorities,
competent for the rights of companies and Internet. Its mission
is to inform the general public and to organize concertation between
public authorities, companies and users in regards to these questions.
It also offers a mediation service for the general public. The Internet Rights Forum is
composed of about 70 members, public organizations, associations and
About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives
from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service
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.