Saint Quentin en Yvelines, October 17th 2005
On the 13th of October, the AFNIC registered the 400
000th .fr domain name.
The domain name is “plan-large.fr” and was registered by Mr Bernard
Gnaedinger, a photographer of the Lyon region. The domain name has
already been pointed to the website of the photographer:
Mr Gnaedinger told the AFNIC about his professional activity, i.e. photographic and video services on demand, especially towards non profit cultural organizations, which doesn’t rule out such services as portrait photography and weddings. Several photo-reportages were also made for eurhythmics and schools of dance.
Mr Gnaedinger was advised to create such a Website by a friend photographer, in order to put on display his activities and promote his work. “Professionally speaking”, he told us, “a domain name in .fr seemed to me much more suitable than a .com”.
The amount of 400 000 domain names in .fr confirms the sharp growth of the French extension since the softening of its names allocations’ rules in May 2004.
In 2004 the .fr increased from 176 000 to 321 000 names (+ 82%). This rate of growth should average 30% in 2005.
The opening operations in May 2004 consisted of softening access to .fr, without reappraisal of its founding principles, i.e. identification on public data bases and territoriality.
The sustained rhythm of new registrations proves the adaptation of the new naming Charter
to the needs of the end-users, while developing the .fr market.
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.
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.