Further to the liberalization of .fr and .re domain names, on 6 September 2005 the AFNIC organised a debate involving: individuals, registrars, Internet actors in France, businesses and other interested parties. (More information)
A report of the morning is provided below. Please note that this is a summary and not a full transcript of the discussions.
Presentation material and report
Presentation material in French [
– 22 Ko]
Report in English [
– 25 Ko]
In order to continue this debate and open it up to a wider audience, the AFNIC has created a forum which will be live from 7 September to 20 October 2005.
Suggestions can also be sent directly to the AFNIC via a special web form.
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.