Press release Saint Quentin en Yvelines, April 28th 2008
The Decree of February 6th 2007 presents the principle of an invitation to tender around the French Internet domains management.
Are concerned the domains .fr (France), .gf (French Guiana), .gp (Guadeloupe),
.mq (Martinique), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .re (Reunion Island), .tf
(French Southern and Antarctic Lands), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .yt (Mayotte),
as well as future domains .bl (Saint Barthelemy) and .mf (Saint Martin).
The French Department of Economy, Finance and Employment starts on 25th April 2008 a public consultation on the criterias that
could be taken into account during the selection of the future registration office(s).
The public consultation is based:
on the one hand, on the principal orientations of the French Internet Top Level Domains management, like the conditions needed to
register (French address for instance) or the dispute resolution procedures;
on the other hand, on the criterias that could be taken into account during the selection of the futur registration offices
like the quality of service or the existing procedures to protect legal claimants.
The public consultation is opened from 25th April 2008 to 24th June 2008.
The questionnaire can be downloaded at the following address:
The AFNIC is happy to see the opening of a public consultation. It invites all of the stakeholders (professionals, associations,
Internet users) to express their point of view and their expectations on the future management of the French Internet domains.
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, 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.