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Updated Naming Policy as of 1 January 2023

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Revision of the Afnic registry policy scheduled for early 2023.

To take into account Afnic’s new commitments stemming from the Agreement signed with the French State on 1 July 2022, we are updating the Naming Policy that sets out the conditions for the allocation and management of the domain names managed by Afnic: .fr (mainland France and Corsica), .re (Réunion), .yt (Mayotte), .pm (Saint Pierre and Miquelon), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Lands).

The Dispute Management Policy and the Policy on publication of and access to information and domain name registration systems have also been updated to ensure coherence.

The changes to these reference documents will come into force on 1 January 2023.

About Afnic

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.