On 21 November 2011, AFNIC held its first day for registrars to inform them about its offer and procedures, and help them in using them.
Throughout the morning, AFNIC experts discussed in detail the opening of the .fr TLD and the other ccTLDs to Europe, as well as the accreditation of registrars, the new Syreli dispute resolution system, the deployment of DNSSEC at AFNIC, and the new gTLD program launched by ICANN.
In the afternoon, the participants formed technical working groups and attended workshop. Account managers were present to assist the registrars in filling out the accreditation application package and answer all their questions.
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.