Press release Saint Quentin en Yvelines, July 04th 2008
On April 28th, 2008, the public authorities started a public consultation
about the management of French Internet domains: .fr, .re, .gp, .mq, etc.
The AFNIC today published the response which it submitted to the authorities.
Download the response of the AFNIC to the public consultation on the management of the French Internet domains
This response was designed with the ambition of bringing elements of analysis on the current situation and to
emphasise the report on the action carried out over 10 years. As candidate in the role of registration office (registry),
the AFNIC also formulates recommendations for editing the future call for candidatures.
Among the key points of the consultation, the AFNIC paid particular attention to:
the eligibility criteria for the .fr (questions 5 and 6);
the opportunity to designate a shared registry for all French Internet domains (question 9);
within the statute of the framework designated as a registration office which should have a non-profit making goal (question 17a);
in place of the authorities in the framework (question 18d);
and finally possible accreditation modalities of the registrars (question 20).
The authorities have at present collected all of the responses and are going to carry out a summary that will be used to
draw up the call for candidatures which should be launched shortly.
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 Providers (Registrars).
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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.