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The AFNIC protects the names of the French cities under .fr and .re - Update on August 1 2005

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08/01/2005

Saint Quentin en Yvelines, August 1 2005

The AFNIC defined a specific procedure for the registration of reserved domain names corresponding
to the French cities names and has made, since May 17, 2005, a control of the requests for these registrations.

This control leads to the systematic rejection for a registration of a reserved term whose applicant does not bring the proof of his quality.

From August 1, 2005, a new procedure will be activated, in order to allow the registration of the names reserved
by the French cities or owners of a trademark registered before 1985 and renewed.

To make this possible, French cities or owners of a trademark registered before 1985
and renewed, will have to make sure -to be able to obtain the registration of the required domain name-
that they are able to provide to their registrar:

copy of the identifier in the INSEE directory (for French cities) or trademark number (for trademark owners);
the new “Specific Request for AFNIC Intervention” *
(document with restricted access to our registrars),
duly filled (domain name, petitioning organization, identifier – siren number , or trademark number),
dated and signed by a person entitled to represent the applicant (lastname, firstname, occupation obligatory)
(* This document will be available at .fr and .re registrars).

More information

Prohibited and reserved terms/
Information on the names of the French cities (with the official list of the names protected)

Article of the Naming charter related to the names of the French cities: For .fr –
For .re

Article of the Procedural guide related to the registration of a reserved terms
(including the names of the French cities)