After the launch of the first names of the 100 .paris ambassadors on June 4th, .paris enters into a new registration phase.
From September 9th to November 11th 2014, applications for .paris are open to trademark holders, companies and public administrations from the Greater Paris Area (Région Île-de-France) who benefit from a priority over other applications.
Registration is also open to individuals but, at this stage, their applications will be handled after applications made by trademarks and right holders.
Registration is only possible from an accredited registrar for .paris.
On December 2nd 2014, reserved names during this sunrise period will be activated and .paris will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis: all those who love Paris will be able to get their own .paris 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.