The 100.000th .fr domain name registered by an individual was created in the beginning of November 2006. This confirms, less than five months after opening .fr domains to individuals, the high interest in the opportunity to ensure their presence under the French extension.
Today, individuals are on the origin of almost 50% of .fr domain name creations.
Used to ease the access to online content (personal pages, blogs) and/or to create personalized e-mail addresses, domain names are an important tool to ensure an individual or a company’s presence on the Internet. A .fr domain name can be registered through
registrars that offer diversified services: 370 registrars have registered at least one .fr domain name for an individual.
The .fr extension is associated to Francophone content, to the notion of vicinity and to the sense of belonging to the French Internet community1. Thanks to the easing of registration rules and its positive recognition by users, the .fr is one of the fastest growing extentions on the Internet today.
To register .fr domain names in the respect of third parties, individuals must be over the age of 18 and justify a postal address in France.
1: Source Image survey of .fr ccTLD
(200 Ko) On-line survey via 20’Up panel (readers of “20 Minutes”) 22 Feb. / 3 March 2006 – in French only!
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