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
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.