Last news from AFNIC Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 en <![CDATA[.FR in 2020: acceleration of the digital transformation among businesses and retailers]]>
  • .FR posted 7% growth in one year, i.e. double that of 2019, and a market share of 38% of the domain names in France in 2020
  • .FR growth exceeds both that of the market and its competitors
  • The regions are closing the gap with the Ile-de-France region
  • Today, Afnic, the association responsible for .FR domain names, is publishing its annual review of .FR and presenting the figures behind a remarkable performance that should be analysed in the light of an exceptional context.

    With 3,670,372 names in stock at 31 December 2020, i.e. up 7% compared to 2019 with a net balance of 241,421 names, growth of the .FR domain has almost doubled (vs. 3.7% in 2019). It is notably also above that of the French market, which recorded a 6.1% increase for all TLDs combined, and that of the global market which posted just 1.4%.

    “2020 demonstrated the strong dynamic of the French domain name industry, in that it relies less on registrations filed with a view to domaining operations than on those filed for purposes of genuine use” says Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    The digital transformation of businesses at work

    Market share of the .FR domain stood at 38% in 2020, up 0.3 pp, while .COM fell 0.6 pp. This trend in .FR is primarily correlated with the acceleration of the digital transformation of companies of all sizes. Not all .FR create operations are for business start-ups, but in the context of a gloomy overall climate, businesses, retailers and tradespersons are counting on the development of their online presence to help them get through the crisis. The 3% decline in the number of delete operations, while stocks increased, confirms this analysis.

    Completion rates of Internet projects among .FR holders were higher than usual, and some holders decided to retain registered domain names so as to be able to use them for new projects”, explains Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic  


    Flows of .FR activity in 2020

    An acceleration across the country and heightened appeal of Made in France

    The digital transformation has accelerated across the country, despite some disparities. Brittany leads the field at +9.8%, closely followed by the Overseas Territories at +9.6%, Normandy at +8.2% and Nouvelle-Aquitaine at +8.0%. The Île-de-France is still ahead of the pack with 30% market share, but recorded just 5.5% growth, placing it last in this ranking.

    These figures confirm the catch-up dynamics seen in previous years and accentuated by the health crisis. Companies in the provinces have made more significant investments in their online presence than those in the Paris region, which were already well-equipped”, adds Pierre Bonis. “Another attraction of the .FR domain is that it is accessible, low-cost, and provides assurances in terms of uses, maintenance and security. .FR is now a brand that addresses the issues of relocation and quality, big concerns for French people”, Pierre Bonis explains.


    Distribution of the .FR by holder region

    2021 outlook

    The activity of the .FR domain in 2021 will depend largely on two factors:

    • on the one hand, the acceleration of the digital transformation, observed during lockdown but set to consolidate over time, imposing websites as an invaluable tool for French businesses;
    • on the other hand, the economic context, which while working in favour of this digital transformation, may also lead to business failures and a slowdown in investments and new projects.

    The important takeaways from 2020 are that .FR names were registered overwhelmingly for real projects and uses; and that this TLD has proved more popular than its rivals, seeing its market share grow over the past few months.

    In this context, Afnic’s efforts aimed at VSEs/SMEs, in place since 2014 with the ‘Ré’ (‘Succeed with .fr’) scheme, have come into their own and have been further strengthened by the ‘Je passe au numérique’ (‘I’m going digital’) initiative designed to support crafts workers and small traders with their online presence. More than ever, Afnic is a key player in the development of the Internet in France and a privileged partner for public authorities and private structures alike, first and foremost VSEs and SMEs.” sums up Pierre Bonis.


    Download the Afnic study 'The .FR in 2020"




    12564 * (AFNIC) Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Report Internet of Things & Digital Sovereignty]]> Iot and Internet Sovereignty

    Afnic, the association that manages and operates the .fr domain, and the Institut de la Souveraineté Numérique have published a report which analyses the industrial and regulatory issues entailed in the development of the Internet of Things in France and the European Union.

    Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are transforming the industrial landscape in a range of fields such as health, transport, energy management, environmental control and banking and insurance. The IoT is an important area for strategic development for French and European industrialists and poses new challenges, both for users and for private and public players, in terms of security, protection of personal data, the safeguarding of fundamental rights and environmental protection.

    Publication of this report comes at a crucial time for digital technology at European and international level. It outlines the industrial prospects of these technologies in a range of fields such as health, transport, energy management, environmental control and banking and insurance, and looks at new forms of regulation that could apply to these technologies. It also analyses their impact on the functioning of our organisations, administrations and more generally our societies. Finally, the report puts forward proposals on industrial policies which will enable the European IoT community to develop new generations of services that respect the democratic principles and values of European societies. As explained by Bernard Benhamou, Secretary-General of the Institut de la Souveraineté Numérique and coordinator of this report:

    Developing a European "third-way" for the Internet of Things is both a strategic opportunity for our technology industries and essential for digital sovereignty. Regaining control of its technological destiny could be one of Europe’s most important political and industrial challenges in the coming decade…

    Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic, also concluded:

    With the Internet of Things being rolled out everywhere, now is the time to reflect on the conditions for developing these technologies, and also Europe's autonomy in this strategic area. At Afnic, we have been involved for several years in R&D projects dedicated to the IoT. Afnic is also active in developing standards that support responsible innovation where the IoT is concerned.

    The Internet of Things & Digital Sovereignty report is published in French and English. It is intended for French and European tech players and public decision-makers, but is also of general interest to citizens who wish to know more about the economic, social and political transformations brought about by the Internet of Things.

    Digital sovereignty IoT ISN Afnic Report Cover

    Download the report "Internet of Things & Digital Sovereignty"


    About the ISN

    The Institut de la Souveraineté Numérique (ISN) is a non-profit association whose mission is to bring together digital and economic actors in order to create synergy in the challenges posed by European digital sovereignty. Since its foundation in 2015, the ISN has been committed to educating and mobilizing citizens and their representatives on digital sovereignty challenges. The ISN recommends technological, legal and political actions and measures enabling digital sovereignty to be asserted over all of our digital resources and in particular over our data. Lastly, the ISN seeks to contribute to the digital transformation of the French government to ensure protection of our sovereignty and to preserve our individual and collective freedoms at the same time. In accordance with the European principles and values of freedom and transparency, its aim is to promote new forms of sovereignty in France and more generally in Europe. For more information, please visit and @SouveraineteNum


    12551 * (AFNIC) Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Marianne Georgelin joins Afnic's Executive Committee as Legal Director]]> Photo de Marianne Georgelin 

    Marianne Georgelin, Afnic Legal Director


    Afnic announces a new appointment to its Executive Committee with the arrival of Marianne Georgelin, Legal Director responsible for abuse, disputes and registry policy, who will report directly to Afnic CEO Pierre Bonis.

    Her task in this role will be to represent legal and registry policy matters within the Executive Committee and to strengthen the fight against abuse by organising consultations between Afnic and all those with a stake in such issues, which are more topical now than ever.

    As an expert in domain name law, Marianne Georgelin joined Afnic's legal department in 2007 as an IP/IT legal expert.

    Throughout her career at Afnic, she has brought plenty to the table in terms of expertise and contributed to the execution of various major projects aimed at further developing registry practices and fighting abuse and disputes, including the following:

    • In 2007, a newly appointed Marianne participated in the implementation of the new dispute resolution system.
    • In 2009, she was involved in the launch of new TLDs including the .paris, .bzh and .alsace by assisting these domains in outlining their strategies, preparing their applications and developing their registry policies.
    • In 2014, she was responsible for .fr policy developments as Afnic's Senior Policy Manager within the Marketing Department.
    • Since January 2018, Marianne has held the position of Head of Legal & Policy, responsible for registry policy, abuse and disputes at Afnic.

    Marianne, 44, graduated in International and European Law from the University of Utrecht and in Media Law from the University of Toulouse. She began her career in 2002 at Cable & Wireless as a legal expert specialising in telecommunications. Between 2004 and 2007 she served at the Valeo group as international legal counsel.



    12390 * (AFNIC) Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[‘Je passe au numérique’: the Afnic initiative for VSEs/SMEs]]>  Logo Afnic Label numérique

    Afnic, the association responsible for .fr domain names, is launching the initiative ‘Je passe au numérique’ (‘I’m going digital’), with the support of its partners, to facilitate the shift and support VSEs and SMEs in developing their online presence thanks to 3 simple, secure and accessible packs.

    This initiative follows on directly from the Ré (“Succeed with .fr”) programme created by Afnic to develop the online presence of French VSEs/SMEs. Thanks to this initial project, the association, which trains some 20,000 businesses per year alongside Lyon-based SME Néocamino, has received a great deal of feedback on the needs of VSEs/SMEs in terms of online presence. ‘Je passe au numérique’ is the result of this understanding of the needs expressed, and draws on a network of qualified .fr registrars. The initiative currently encompasses over a dozen partners, including: Amen, Eproshopping, Gandi, Ionos, Infomaniak, Jimdo, LWS, Namebay, Orange Business Services, OVH, Scaleway, Shopify, Viaduc, Wix, and many more to be found on the website.

    ‘Je passe au numérique’: offerings calibrated for VSEs/SMEs, instant solutions to make the switch

    The association worked with the .fr distribution network to identify existing offerings that respond to various criteria - price, functionalities, services - allowing for an effective, controlled, secure and, of course, accessible online presence! Once approved, these offerings under the ‘Je passe au numérique’ label were incorporated into 3 essential packs: professional email, showcase website, and e-commerce website.

    The ‘Je passe au numérique’ sticker will thus enable VSEs/SMEs to get their bearings in the face of an increasingly abundant supply and to make an informed choice!

    "The need to build an online presence and online sales capacity is more urgent than ever for tradespersons, retailers, and more generally VSEs and SMEs as a whole. Support and training are Afnic’s first point of action, but we wanted to go further alongside the .fr registrars, which have set up instantly accessible offerings providing simple, concrete and low-cost solutions to allow VSEs/SMEs to make the shift to digital", says Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    3 packs, 3 essential needs

    The professional email pack

    It may be the equivalent of a brand’s identity online, yet it is often overlooked despite being essential in affirming an online presence and gaining credibility. Having a customised professional address means: showcasing the company’s name, and contributing to strengthening its online visibility by advertising your own company rather than a web service provider!

    Afnic has selected from among its partners’ offerings those that are adapted and that meet the requirements: creation of a .fr domain name, 2 professional email addresses, 2GB of storage, a secure web interface, antivirus and antispam, a tutorial in French, support available in French, etc.

    The showcase website pack

    Why have a showcase website? Firstly to convey simple information: address, opening times, contacts, and any other information that allows you to connect with customers. Secondly for autonomy, to break free of web giant platforms and mark out your own space on the Internet. To ensure you can be found, seen and recognised!

    Afnic has selected the most relevant offerings based on minimum requirements: .fr domain name, possibility to create at least 3 pages and update the content yourself, automated SEO service, 50GB storage minimum, updating, data protection, etc.

    The e-commerce website pack

    The holy grail to ensure business continuity, where possible, in almost all circumstances. Why have your own e-commerce website rather than a marketplace? Because you can control your communication, your identity, you’re not lost among a sea of others, and because it enhances your online visibility.

    Once again, Afnic has identified the appropriate solutions from its partners: .fr domain name, at least 2 responsive templates available by default, creation of an unlimited number of catalogue pages and updates, automated SEO assistance service, online payment function, promotion, invoicing, unlimited traffic, SSL certificate, etc.

    All of these offerings have been designed to be accessible to the widest possible audience. What’s more, their price makes them eligible for financing from the French government (€500) to support the digital transition of retailers.

    Discover the ‘Je passe au numérique’ initiative here:


    Logo Afnic Label numérique



    12384 * (AFNIC) Mon, 16 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[The Afnic Foundation announces its 2020 winners promoting an inclusive Internet accessible to all]]>

    For the first time, the Afnic Foundation has launched two calls for proposals this year, including one aimed at players in the digital mediation sector. Of a total of 402 applications received and examined, the Afnic Foundation selected 68 with a total allocated budget of over €1 million, including €321,000 for workshops to support members of the public in their digital learning.

    Strong trends

    A number of strong trends emerged this year among the 68 winners announced in 2020 by the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity, targeting specific audiences or projects dealing with lifestyles, work and consumption:

    • Projects aimed at supporting young people, and lower secondary school pupils in particular, with the aim of raising their awareness of the media and information, as was the case with the Éducation aux Médias project, and the workshops instigated by Ateliers du Pôle Multimédia designed to introduce young people to audio and visual technologies. The Collégiens Écocitoyens initiative based in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, which enables young people to open up more to the world around them and to other cultures and to practice their language skills, is also noteworthy
    • Projects aimed at a primarily female audience, such as Ell'Oweb, which aims to raise awareness of the digital sphere among upper secondary school girls in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region with a view to promoting professional diversity in a sector of activity that represents significant employment potential but that is poorly gender-balanced, E-Mujeres, which is trialling and developing a safe and secure space for women who have been victims of prostitution and their children in Martinique, a project based on developing their digital skills in order to encourage socio-professional integration, and Act for Mumz in the Ile-de-France region, which aims to develop a mutual support platform for women from 4 political districts of the city
    • Projects designed to improve day-to-day life: inclusive projects launched by Apaj'Echange, which aims to create a cooperative residential exchange platform for people with disabilities to be able to take holidays, and Signe à l'œil, which seeks to develop an online directory of French songs performed through a combination of sign language and dance over the course of 3 years. On a slightly different note, Une Planète dans mon assiette aims to compile the ‘Wikipedia of food’ by identifying the ecological footprint of a product by simply scanning it
    • Last but not least, it is important to mention that the Afnic Foundation has also supported 7 local initiatives aimed at reducing the divides and inequalities that the COVID-19 crisis in particular has highlighted.

     A new resource for project leaders

    The Afnic Foundation is working on a new service to help project leaders develop and structure their projects in the form of the ‘Ressourcerie’. This dedicated area of the Foundation's website will provide access to various services, including the following:

    • A list of accessible training courses and services
    • A section containing various documentation, such as statutory provisions and new government directives
    • Access to all of the projects supported by the Foundation, with a detailed description of the progress of each project written by the winner, including the obstacles encountered and the solutions implemented, and offering them the possibility of networking to exchange ideas

    This ambitious service is currently under development and should be available online by the end of the year.

    Since it was founded in 2015, the Afnic Foundation has received nearly 1,700 applications and allocated just over €4.9 million to 244 projects. This financial support for the development of an inclusive Internet is only possible thanks to Afnic, which donates 90% of its .fr profits to the cause. Details of all Afnic Foundation winners can be found here.


    About the Afnic Foundation

    The Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity was set up in April 2015 by Afnic. It aims to support the development of an inclusive Internet, as well as improving training and awareness of its uses by supporting local and formative digital solidarity initiatives and research projects in the field of digital solidarity. Following 5 calls for proposals, the Afnic Foundation has to date contributed €3.7 million to 244 projects. For further information, please visit

    12378 * (AFNIC) Thu, 12 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Forum Afnic - Domain names: protecting against and reacting in response to abuse]]>

    Afnic, the association that manages .fr domain names, launched the Afnic Forum for a trustworthy Internet in July, the first series of debates and awareness-raising on tackling online abuse. Following its first round table on the handling of cases of abuse during the COVID-19 crisis, Afnic will be running an online workshop on Thursday 24 September that will look at how to protect domain names against and react in response to abuse.


    Cybersquatting, identity theft, fraud, phishing, illegal content, infringement of intellectual property rights, personality, etc. These abuses penalise people, businesses and institutions, sometimes seriously. The Afnic legal team and their guest, Matthieu Aubert, Head of Advisory and Strategy at SafeBrands, will be giving a joint overview of the procedures and actions in place to prevent and deal with abuse.


    Workshop agenda:

    • Keynote speech, presentation of Afnic and the Forum by Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic
    • Cybersquating: how to protect your brand?’, Floriane Duel, Legal expert, Syreli rapporteur for Afnic
    • Prerequisites for a product launch or name change: pitfalls to avoid’, Matthieu Aubert, Advisory and Strategy Director at SafeBrands
    • ‘Public authorities: protecting citizens and defending your name’, Floriane Duel, Legal expert, Syreli Rapporteur for Afnic
    • ‘Fast action in the event of identity theft’ and ‘CEO/BEC fraud: effective protection’, Nathalie Boulvard, Legal expert, DPO, Syreli rapporteur for Afnic
    • Is it possible to register a domain name with the sole purpose of selling it on?’, Marianne Georgelin, Head of Legal Affairs, Afnic

    The Workshop



    The other dates from the Afnic Forum for an Internt of Trust 

    12304 * (AFNIC) Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[.fr turns 34!]]> Bon anniversaire au .fr pour ses 34 ans !

    • Around 3.6 million .fr domain names were registered at September 2020, with a 38.07%,market share, its highest ever level. 
    • The .fr is on average 40% less costly than the .com
    • Afnic donates 90% of the profits from the .fr every year to its Foundation for digital solidarity, which provides €1 million of funding for projects in favour of digital inclusion across France every year. 
    • The .fr TLD is accessible to individual users and businesses in Europe, as well as in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. 

    In the late 1990s, the .fr was reserved for French businesses, but the TLD has become much more accessible since 2004, while still maintaining its security and effectiveness. Access was also granted to private individuals in 2006, one of the factors in its growing popularity: according to Afnic , VSE/SME managers favour the use of .fr (52%) over that of .com (40%). And 91% of French VSE/SMEs believe that a .fr address inspires confidence.

    Afnic is committed to the digital transformation of VSE/SMEs through its platform Réussir en .fr [Succeed with .fr] which provides a free analysis of companies’ online presence along with advice, and the Foliweb workshops attended by 17,000 participants last year and some 70,000 since their creation. The web version of these workshops providing training on online presence met with great success during lockdown.

    Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic, gave the following statement: “This anniversary is an opportunity to remind people that the .fr is focused on the digital transition and solidarity in France now more than ever. It is not only practical but secure, responsible and inexpensive. And it is winning over businesses and freelancers across France.” »


    12226 * (AFNIC) Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[The Global Domain Name Market in 2019: will newTLDs create a sensation? ]]>  

    New TLDs (nTLDs) continue to progress (+19% stock in 2019) and could indeed shift the balance in coming years.

    Innovation, particularly in terms of cybersecurity services based on domain names, creates value and now plays a decisive role in the market.


    Afnic, the association that manages and operates various TLDs including the .fr, has published its annual report on the global domain name market.

    The report highlights a slight upturn in the market, which has generally continued the growth initiated in 2018. The global domain name market thus accounted for approximately 346 million domain names at the end of December 2019, up 4.7% compared to the 4.0% in 2018.

    Distribution among the main TLDs:

    • 181 million legacy TLDs (.com, .net, .org, etc.); 
    • 132 million ccTLDs (so-called “geographic” TLDs, corresponding to a territory or country like the .fr);
    • 33 million “new TLDs” created from 2014 onwards (nTLDs encompass different segments including the geoTLD - .bzh, .paris, .alsace, etc. - TLDs corresponding to brands - .sncf, .mma - community TLDs and generic TLDs). 

    m DNs: Year-end data expressed in millions of Domain Names.

    * Other Legacy TLDs: generic TLDs created before 2012, such as .aero, .asia, .biz, .net, .org, .info, .mobi, etc.

    ** Total gTLDs: measures all the domain names managed under a contract with ICANN.

    *** ccTLDs or “country code Top-Level Domains”, domains corresponding to territories, such as the . fr for France. The data presented no longer includes “Penny TLDs” i.e. ccTLDs retailed at very low prices, if not free of charge. These ccTLDs are subject to very large upward and downward movements that do not reflect actual market developments and bias aggregate data.

    **** Penny ccTLDs: estimated volume of names filed in these “low-cost” or free domains.

    Global market trends in 2019 – key figures

    • With 149 million names, the .COM remains the uncontested leader, but its market share remains unchanged at 43.1%. 
    • Country-code TLDs (ccTLDs) ended the year with growth of +4.7%, recording improved performance on 2018 (+3.4%). 
    • The Other Legacy TLDs continued to suffer in 2019, losing 6% in stock (-2 million) on the back of the 6% loss of 2018. 
    • nTLDs recorded a 19% gain in stock (+6 million), following the +15% gain of 2018. Their market share rose to 9% compared to 8% in 2018. 

    The market shares of the different segments are fairly static overall, the main change being the decline in “Other Legacy TLDs” in favour of nTLDs.

    nTLD: a growth vector?

    The same data expressed in net balance highlight the weight of the different segments in the overall performance of the market in 2019. Accordingly, the role of the .COM as “market maker” seems to be waning; in 2019 it accounted for just 43% of the net balance (compared with 56% in 2018 and 156% in 2017), while ccTLDs contributed 37% and nTLDs 33%.

    This table shows the contributions of the different TLDs to the net balance. The value is negative when there is a drop in stock.

    What exactly are these “new TLDs”? Afnic has provided a typology in order to better understand their dynamics. Generic, geographic, open .brand, “closed” .brand and community TLDs are the main categories.

    Performance of new TLD “segments”

    The “closed” .brands correspond to the traditional acceptance of the notion of .brands (use on holder’s own behalf). Then the “open” .brands, the dynamics of which are very different: the holder uses its .brand by opening it up to third parties in accordance with procedures at its discretion. Afnic identified eight open .brands in 2019: .app, .dev, .fun, .icu, .one, .ovh, .page, .realestate.

    Among the nTLD segments, Community TLDs suffered from the continued collapse of the .рус (Russian), losing 20% in 2019. Geographic TLDs also posted a slight loss (-5%), while Generic TLDs were stable overall (-1%).

    .brands in the lead!

    This classification underlines the exceptional performance of the open .brand segment (primarily due to the .icu which gained 4.6 million names) with growth of 5.6 million names in absolute terms and 549% as a percentage. Another noteworthy observation, the retention rate improved considerably, testimony to a tendency to loyalty on the part of these domain name holders.

    The classic .brands meanwhile grew by 8% in 2019, create operations falling by 34% but offset by a very high retention rate (88%) which improved slightly (+1 pp).

    This chart demonstrates the growing importance .brands have gained since the opening of the first ICANN round, representing over 50% of TLDs created at that time. Many pioneering businesses seized this opportunity, like the .sncf in France, and the second round set for 2022/23 could well see this segment skyrocket. With a renewal rate close to 90%, the segment has also confirmed its long-term success.

    “These TLDs exude confidence, they institutionalise brands and create value. Businesses that took the leap in 2012 can really see the effects when developing their digital strategy based on their .brand. Those of 2012 were pioneers. Nowadays the Internet, brand websites, recruitment and e-commerce have grown to such an extent that TLDs also form a significant part of their brand territory, and are becoming essential to big groups”, explains Loïc Damilaville, Survey and Market Intelligence Manager, Afnic.

    New services that are revitalising the market

    In this study, Afnic also analyses the market’s growth levers and presents some of the many innovations of 2019. Indeed, the players in the ecosystem have stepped up their efforts to propose new value-added services.

    Cybersecurity and security surrounding the DNS in particular were the focus of attention. The massive attacks of late 2018 contributed significantly to this awareness, and gave rise to communications on and promotion of DNSSEC solutions and “locking” services. The emergence of numerous offers positioned at the confluence of issues surrounding Data, Security and (Brand) Monitoring should also be noted.

    The search for innovations in themes connected with domain names (Data, Cybersecurity, IoT, digital identities, etc.) has intensified. This trend is set to continue as domain names increase in number along with their use.

    Post COVID-19 outlook

    “The coronavirus crisis makes the situation difficult to read with regard to the developments in the domain name market in the short and medium term as it introduces a large number of factors of uncertainty. It seems to have spurred the create operations of many TLDs over the first half of the year. It remains to be seen whether this acceleration of the digital transition of many businesses was a one-off reaction or the start of a durable shift in practices among VSEs/SMEs”, concludes Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.


    Download the full study "The Global Domain Name Market in 2019"


    12097 * (AFNIC) Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic launches a series of debates on the fight against online abuse]]>


    Afnic, the association that manages and operates various Internet TLDs and is the registrar for .fr, is hosting the Afnic Forum for a trustworthy Internet. This first series of debates and awareness-raising sessions on the fight against online abuse will be held from 2 July to 19 November. Through four workshops, which will be open to all, Afnic aims to spread information and disseminate best practices that can contribute to the fight against abuse. The forum will open on 2 July with an online round table session appropriately dedicated to the handling of abuse linked to the COVID-19 health crisis.

    Afnic is an open non-profit organisation with its origins in the academic world. Designated by the State to manage .fr domain names, Afnic is a centre of expertise with its finger directly on the pulse of developments concerning the Internet. Its technical and legal experts and its research and development unit contribute on a daily basis to building trust on the Internet. Afnic sees this series of events as a platform for exchanges and for discussions as wide-ranging as possible.

    Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic, defined its objective as follows: “Given its role as registry and operator, Afnic is confronted by many different kinds of online abuse, and is called upon to arbitrate in disputes that often concern parties where each one is convinced that it is the other that is committing abuse. Our conviction is that a trustworthy Internet is possible providing we share all the technical, legal and institutional levers and all the successful experiences in limiting abuse, making sure these actions do not penalise the vast majority of users of the domain names system”.

    Workshop 1 (online) The handling of cases of abuse in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

    How cases of abuse have been handled in a period of major health crisis, with a focus on domain names: specific context, risks identified, emergence of new types of abuse, implementation of surveillance, adaptation of means of action, etc.

    10:00: Welcome and opening by Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic

    10:10: “.FR: the handling of cases of abuse during the COVID-19 crisis” by Marianne Georgelin, Head of Legal Affairs, Afnic

    10:30: Round table moderated by Marianne Georgelin with:

        • Jean-Marc Le Rest, Head of the e-commerce surveillance centre (CSCE) of the French Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) 
        • Henriette Vignal-Schjøth, Head of Legal at .dk 
        • Benoit Jarno, Head of Legal Affairs, Gandi 
        • Alexandre Hugla, Head of Abuse Department, Gandi

    Workshop 2 (online) Domain names: protecting against and reacting in response to abuse

    Cybersquatting, identity theft, fraud, phishing, illegal content, infringement of intellectual property rights, personality, etc. What procedures and actions to prevent abuse and confront it?

    • Thursday 24 September 2020 from 9:30am to 12:30pm 

    Details and Replay for this second workshop

    Workshop 3 (online) "Abuse: who is responsible for what?"

    What chain of responsibility? How can we make the legal and regulatory framework better known and understood?

    • Tuesday 27 October 2020 during the French Internet Governance Forum from 2 to 3:30 pm

    Information and registration to the 2020 IGF France

    Workshop 4 (online) Review and lessons from the Afnic Forum on a trustworthy Internet

    Summary of the workshop exchanges, presentation of conclusions and aspects to reflect on for the future.

    • Thursday 19 November 2020 from 2:00 pm to 03:30 pm CET





    12373 * (AFNIC) Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Lucien Castex appointed Afnic's Representative for Public Affairs and Partnership Development]]>

    In this capacity, Lucien's main duties will be to develop and structure Afnic's partnership activities, to represent it in groups or structures throughout France and abroad, particularly in the area of public policies related to development of the Internet and digital technologies, to disseminate and promote the association's expertise and to participate in the transfer of Afnic's competences and knowledge both externally and internally. He will report directly to Benoît Ampeau, Director of Partnerships and Innovation at Afnic.

    Before joining Afnic, Lucien Castex was Secretary-General of the Internet Society France (ISOC) from 2017 and a researcher specialising in digital law and policies since 2007. He was also a consultant to UNESCO on Internet governance and the societal impacts of emerging technologies. Before joining the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in 2014, from 2011 to 2013 he was a research fellow at the National Audiovisual Institute and associate researcher at the Technologies, Territories and Societies Laboratory (École des Ponts ParisTech, Gustave-Eiffel University, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He also taught private law and criminal sciences at Bourgogne University from 2009 to 2011 and at Paris Nord Sorbonne University from 2007 to 2009. Lucien started his professional career in 2005 as an expert consultant in digital strategy issues before taking up the role of Special Advisor at CNRS from 2007 to 2009.

    Having studied law (École de Formation du Barreau law school, Paris II, Paris V and Paris X Universities), Lucien Castex, 41 years old, is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure graduate school (Department of Cognitive Studies) and of Paris IV University in Philosophy and Sociology.

    12076 * (AFNIC) Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Step-up of the digital transition among VSEs/SMEs: strong participation in the Foliweb webinars]]>



    50 workshops, 15,703 participants in two and a half months: a record for the Foliweb sessions created in 2013! As a comparison, in 2019, the Foliweb workshops were attended by 17,000 people over the entire year for all formats combined.

    Since 16 March, Afnic, the association responsible for .FR domain names, and its partners 1&1 Ionos and Neocamino, have continued to run online and entirely free sessions to accompany and support VSEs/SMEs in their everyday lives when it comes to digital tools and to train them in best practices.

    With participation in the digital workshops up 343%, this initiative has more than ever provided a relevant response to the needs and expectations of companies, tradesmen and women, and entrepreneurs.

    Concrete topics to meet the challenges of visibility

    Learning to build a website or an e-commerce store in a few simple steps, using social networks wisely, boosting their SEO, increasing sales thanks to membership, managing a brand’s online image, creating mail shots while respecting the personal data of customers and prospects... a range of concrete topics that respond to the everyday concerns of businesses. All critical issues to help VSEs and SMEs succeed on the web by launching or improving their online presence at a time when physical distancing looks set to continue.

    Popular among young individual firms and VSEs

    It is interesting to note the profile of the businesses, entrepreneurs and tradesmen and women who participated in these sessions, with individual firms and VSEs accounting for 59%:

    • almost one third, 29%, self-employed workers
    • 16% freelancers 
    • 14% VSEs

    Another observation from the Foliweb sessions has been the marked interest in digital tools during the business start-up phase, with 74% of businesses in their first 3 years of activity: 

    • 35% under construction
    • 24% with less than 1 year’s activity
    • 15% are between 2 and 3 years old

    One last figure that stands out is that out of all of the Foliweb participants, 55% do not have a website.

    The Foliweb workshops have been a growing success year on year since their creation, but we had no idea that our digital formats would attract such high participation rates. This is another lesson to come out of the crisis: it has made people realise the importance of digital technology in a company’s global strategy in order to be visible, to appear in search engine results, and to maintain a connection with the company’s customers and potential prospects,” explains Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    These results and this record participation rate can be compared to a survey conducted by the start-up Episto* on behalf of Afnic in April 2020 in order to understand the practices of VSEs/SMEs during lockdown. Out of the sampling of respondents, of which 71.8% were individual firms and 21% companies with 2-5 employees, the findings showed that the use of digital technology was a decisive factor in maintaining contact with customers: indeed, almost 54% had stepped up their presence on social networks and 76% considered that the Internet had been useful during the crisis (of which 28% felt that it had been more useful than previously). Finally it should be noted that 40% of the respondents in this survey stated that they did not have a website, thus confirming the trend from the Foliweb sessions.

    *survey conducted among 500 owners and managers of small companies using a questionnaire sent via Messenger thanks to the Episto solution. Information collected from 21 to 27 April 2020.

    About the Foliweb workshops

    The Foliweb workshops are part of Afnic's Ré [Succeed with .fr] programme, an initiative launched with its partners 1&1 Ionos and Neocamino. They have one objective: to help VSEs, entrepreneurs and freelancers succeed on the web. The experts that run these workshops give advice to professionals on the use of social networks and digital tools. Since their launch in 2013, the Foliweb sessions have supported several thousand VSEs across France.

    12033 * (AFNIC) Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[COVID-19: The Afnic Foundation is financing new projects to reduce the digital inequalities]]>  

    The context of the COVID-19 health crisis and the ensuing lockdown measures has brought to light the role of digital technology in the day-to-day lives of people in France, and has highlighted serious inequalities. The Afnic Foundation supports various local initiatives designed to reduce these divisions and to restore the social link, including the following: 

    • Collège La Courtille, Saint-Denis: 

    The Afnic Foundation is contributing €10,000 of funding towards the purchase of computers for pupils without to allow them to follow classes from home. A total of 200 pupils are concerned. This budget will initially be used to equip some fifty pupils. Once the equipment has been delivered and the teaching supervision put in place, the school may apply to the Foundation to help supply other pupils.

    • Les Chemins de l'Espérance - nursing homes: 

    The Les Chemins de l’Espérance association encompasses 20 nursing homes that care for around 1,600 people. In order to maintain the human contact that is central to their assistance programme, each establishment will be equipped with connected PA systems, microphones and speakers so that the residents can watch from their windows or join in with the activities run in the courtyard and the gardens of the nursing homes: singing, karaoke, quizzes, etc. The Afnic Foundation is contributing €10,000 to this project amounting to a total of €70,000. 

    • La Cravate Solidaire:

    The Afnic Foundation is contributing €10,000 to organise, in cooperation with volunteers, 7 hours of digital support for 150 applicants in their online job hunt and to help them prepare for interviews in April (online search, web interview, use of jobboards, etc.).

    “The Afnic Foundation is receiving many requests during this crisis that is seeing digital technology play a predominant role: as a work tool, a media central to education, the sole way to maintain the weakened social link during lockdown… In this context, our goal to support an inclusive Internet accessible to all is more vital than ever: these are just the first projects we are helping support, but hundreds more are under examination!” says Philippe Distler, President of the Afnic Foundation.

    About the Afnic Foundation

    The Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity was set up in April 2015 by Afnic. It aims to support the development of an inclusive Internet, as well as improving training and awareness of its uses by supporting local and formative digital solidarity initiatives and research projects in the field of digital solidarity. Following four calls for proposals, the Afnic Foundation has to date contributed €3.7 million to 176 projects. For further information, please visit


    11995 * (AFNIC) Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic continues to support VSEs/SMEs: the Foliweb workshops are 100% webinars during the crisis]]> Since their creation in 2013, the Foliweb workshops have been designed to help VSEs and SMEs succeed on the web by improving their online presence. These workshops provide practical and pragmatic training to guide entrepreneurs in the use of online tools and teach them best practices.

    Digital technology can be an ally for VSEs/SMEs now more than ever

    Given the current lockdown, the decision has been made to continue with the Foliweb workshops. VESs/SMEs can therefore take advantage of this time to get to grips with digital tools or make further progress with their practices and fine-tune their presence: using social networks wisely, learning to build a website or an e-commerce store in a few simple steps, boosting their SEO, creating mail shots while respecting the personal data of customers and prospects, and much much more!

    The aim: anticipate and prepare for a return to business as usual by better equipping SMEs/VSEs so as to improve their resilience. The Foliweb workshops help train and support companies in these areas with 100% online sessions that remain 100% free of charge.

    Run in webinar format since 16 March, the Foliweb have been a huge success, with over 2,000 online participants over these first two weeks. “The Foliweb webinars are working fantastically. We have seen record participation rates for these formats. There is a real appetite for the subjects covered, which remain very practical and which are in line with the needs observed, given that one third of SMEs/VSEs do not yet have an online presence! Yet it is an essential factor in ensuring companies’ visibility, which they will need more than ever in the coming weeks”, explains Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    4 Foliweb webinars are available per week. To view the programme, click here

    In 2019, 160 face-to-face Foliweb workshops were run in 31 towns in France, and 60 webinars, with a total of 17,000 participants for the two formats combined!

    About the Foliweb workshops

    The Foliweb workshops are part of Afnic's Ré [Succeed with .fr] programme, an initiative launched with its partner Neocamino. They have one objective: to help VSEs, entrepreneurs and freelancers succeed on the web. The experts that run these workshops give advice to professionals on the use of social networks and digital tools. Since their launch in 2013, the Foliweb sessions have supported several thousand VSEs across France.


    11969 * (AFNIC) Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Covid-19: 10 digital protection measures to maintain a good Internet connection during the crisis]]>


    During the epidemic and lockdown, access to the Internet will be more essential than ever for all kinds of professionals, notably for researchers, doctors and carers but also for the many people now working from home, students, schoolchildren, etc. There are certain digital protection measures we must implement in order to prevent service interruption, reductions in speed and communication-related difficulties and therefore meet all of their needs, from the most essential of remote medical care and working from home to more secondary, but no less important, leisure and streaming facilities.

    • Disable data on your smartphone wherever possible when working on your computer (keeping only the voice functions active); those working from home in front of their computers already have access to just about everything they might need on their smartphones. 
    • Turn off tablets and TV boxes when not in use. 
    • Listen to the radio in FM mode rather than over the Internet. 
    • Download heavy files, films and video games at night. 
    • Do not download in ultra HD - a film in standard DVD format weighs around 2 gigabytes as opposed to 100 GB for a film in ultra HD, and the majority of screens are not adapted to display the latter anyway. 
    • Update your anti-virus software and check that the security patches of the trusted software publishers you use are properly installed to avoid security flaws that could be detrimental to the entire business network to which you are connecting remotely. 
    • Configure your emails to display in plain text format to prevent the risk of clicking on a malicious URL. 
    • If you have the choice, opt for a fixed connection through a router rather than a 4G connection when connecting to the Internet. 
    • Set the speed of your favourite streaming site at least one notch lower.
    • Do not routinely ‘reply to all’ unless absolutely necessary to avoid overloading servers. 

    These basic measures are not only useful in times of crisis, but at any time. Given the current situation, however, everyone can make a difference by taking a moderate approach to using digital tools. This will help prevent reductions in speed, congestion and the exploitation of security loopholes and allow everyone to continue to use digital tools comfortably. Furthermore, these measures have a medium-term impact on the energy that digital technology uses. Adopting and mastering these habits will also help control the environmental impact of our digital practices.

    11959 * (AFNIC) Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Digital prevention: Afnic joins the CNIL network ‘Educnum’]]>

    These actors have been working since 2013 to promote and support actions to encourage a true “citizen-based digital culture”.

    In addition to its initiatives to support SMEs/VSEs master their online presence over the last few years, Afnic is now targeting young people by placing the accent on the responsible, controlled and independent use of their online presence. Since October 2019, it has been running workshops across France, in higher education institutions that have partnered with the operation, and published a variation of its platform Commence par Ré [Start by Succeeding in .fr], dedicated to young people.

    “Given this backdrop, and our complementary missions and perspectives on digital technology, it seemed only natural for us to join the Educnum network, which we have always had close connections with” explains Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    Afnic will brings its knowledge of the Internet (in terms of both its governance and on the technical front) to the table during plenary sessions and as part of collective working groups. It will also open up its content aimed at young people, including the content published on the platform Commence par Ré Afnic will also publish Educnum content, which will be accessible to members of the educational community as part of its workshops run throughout France.

    11930 * (AFNIC) Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[.FR reaches an all-time high, with 37.7% market share in France in 2019]]> Today, Afnic, the association responsible for .fr domain names, is publishing its annual review of the .FR and presenting the performance of the TLD over 2019 along with estimates for 2020.

    The popularity of the .FR TLD has been confirmed in 2019

    With 3,428,951 names in stock at 31 December 2019, the .FR gained 3.7% in 2019 with a net balance of 123,655 names. Although somewhat in decline compared to 2018 (4.4% increase), this growth is still well above that of the French market as a whole, which grew by just 2.0% for all TLDs combined.

    The .FR has thus continued to advance, gaining ground year on year to achieve an all-time high in 2019 with 37.7% of market share.

    Sources: Afnic for .FR and ZookNIC for other TLDs

    This momentum can be explained by two driving forces:

    • The creation of .FR domain names, which continued on an upward trend in 2019 with a +5% variation between 2018 and 2019. 
    • The Maintenance Rate* of .FR in 2019 which, although down slightly compared to 2018 (82.7% vs. 83.9%), remains extremely satisfactory and well above that of .COM at around 78%-79% worldwide in 2019. 

    Distribution across the entire country based on economic regions

    Another interesting indicator brought to light by Afnic is the distribution of .FR across the entire country, which, although not an entirely accurate reflection, demonstrates the economic dynamism of the regions.

    Île-de-France, for example, accounts for 30.5% of .FR. Other regions with significant market share include:

    • Auvergne Rhône Alpes (12%, up 3.9% in 2019), 
    • Occitanie (7.7%, up 3.2%), 
    • Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (7.6%, up 4.1%), 
    • and Nouvelle Aquitaine (6.8%, up 4.8%). 

    In conclusion, Afnic estimates that if the growth of .FR continues in 2020, it should come in at just under 3% based on the long-term trend that will see .FR move towards the average for ccTLDs in the European Union. In any case, the symbolic 3.5 millionth .FR domain name milestone should be crossed this year!

    “In a context of heightened competition among the different TLDs and with the major social media platforms, Afnic’s efforts directed towards VSEs/SMEs to help them master their online presence retain their full importance. Mechanisms such as Ré enable us to go beyond the problem of Internet naming and to return it to its rightful place as part of a much wider approach to building an effective mechanism for online presence. And so it is that Afnic remains more than ever a key player in the French internet development”, explains Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    The .FR ccTLD in 2019


    *The Maintenance Rate is calculated by substracting the year'creations to the end of the year stock, and by using the result in the begininf of the year. 


    11902 * (AFNIC) Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[.fr inspires trust among 89% of young people]]>

    This Internet Top Level Domain has confirmed its strength (over 3.4 million holders) and its attractiveness among young people. The online survey conducted in November 2019 among a panel of 509 young people also showed that:

    • 58% consider that the .fr has a “very good reputation”;
    • 40% consider that the .fr has a “fairly good reputation”.

    Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic, commended these results: “Young people create websites as part of their school, university and professional assignments. The .fr is a reliable and successful TLD; they are our future users and it is our job to give them all the information they need to ensure a controlled and independent online presence”.

    Afnic raises the awareness of over 17,000 VSEs/SMEs every year regarding their online presence and has been running a programme to help young people master their digital identity since 21 October 2019. Afnic also runs workshops in schools like the Guyancourt catering school and the IDRAC Business School in Lyon in partnership with the French federation of student associations (FFBDE - Fédération Française des Bureaux d’Étudiants), and raises awareness on a much broader range of topics than just domain names.

    Data collected as part of a perception survey on .fr carried out every 2 years. 509 young people aged 16 to 25 were surveyed by MV2 Group for Afnic in November 2019 via an online questionnaire.


    11857 * (AFNIC) Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Results of Afnic's ‘Succeed with the Web’ study on the online presence of VSE/SME]]>  

    Afnic - the association responsible for .fr domain names - today unveiled the results of its Réussir avec le Web (‘Succeed with the Web’) study analysing the online presence of over 3,000 VSEs and SMEs throughout the country. This is indicative of a strong desire to be online and a keen understanding on the part of these companies of the issues at stake. It also highlights the difficulties experienced in establishing an online presence, associated with a lack of human and sometimes financial resources and the difficulty of assessing the potential return on investment, resulting in a greater presence on social networks than in the form of a website.

    • 70% of VSE/SME managers believe that having a website and/or being present on social networks is vital to their business, with 22% considering it to be useful.
    • Nearly two-thirds of VSEs/SMEs (63%) spend less than €300/year on their online presence and 24% between €300 and €1,000/year.
    • VSEs/SMEs have a greater presence on social networks (76%) than via a website (69%), despite the fact that a website would allow them to be independent and develop their business strategies.

    Online presence: a commercial driving force acknowledged by VSEs and SMEs

    Afnic has been devoting part of its operations to supporting VSEs and SMEs for a number of years now with a view to helping them achieve an effective and controlled online presence (17,000 companies involved in such initiatives in 2019 alone via Foliweb workshops and training provided in 30 cities and the Ré advice platform). The opportunity to gather data published today. One of the key lessons learned related to the importance placed on online presence:

    Having a website and/or a presence on social networks is now essential where managers of VSEs and SMEs are concerned, with 70% of them believing it to be vital to their business and 22% considering it to be useful.

    They are 4 benefits, as far as they are concerned: presenting their business (63%), being easy to find (48%), communicating with their customers and prospective customers (40%) and selling their products and services online (36%). “For a hairdresser, for example, being visible on an online map and having a website displaying opening hours and prices, or even an appointment booking system, are undeniable advantages when it comes to standing out and attracting new customers”, explains Afnic CEO Director Pierre Bonis.

    VSEs and SMEs on social networks place slightly greater importance than those with a website on communicating with customers (22% as opposed to 19%) and being easily found (26% as opposed to 23%). Those with a website, on the other hand, clearly have an interest in online sales (26% as opposed to 19% for those on social networks).

    “We can see here the different opportunities that these two means of communication provide; if the aim for a VSE or SME is to be visible, social networks would appear to be more appropriate, especially since they are not subjected to the constraints and risks associated with SEO. If the aim is to establish a commercial relationship, however, then a website is clearly the more popular choice. In reality, though, VSEs and SMEs have a stronger presence on social networks (76%) than through a website (69%). Contrary to popular belief, social networks alone are not enough”, Pierre Bonis adds.

    The study shows that many VSEs and SMEs that are only present on social networks would benefit from having a website, without necessarily doing away with their current system. At the same time, some VSEs and SMEs use their websites as social networks, unaware of all the potential business opportunities that they present.

    "Companies that are only present on social networks are platform-dependent and this reliance is unhealthy. That said, the two are certainly not incompatible. It’s difficult today, for example, for a hotel to be visible if it isn't listed on, but having a presence on this site provides a gateway to its own website offering exclusive rates and services. We are making VSEs and SMEs aware of the need to create their own website in order to guarantee their independence via our Foliweb workshops and the Ré platform”, Pierre Bonis explains.

    The obstacles and questions facing company managers

    Online presence comes at a cost, even if this is often low compared to other forms of advertising investment. Furthermore, only a third of the VSEs and SMEs questioned used online advertising, by purchasing either advertising on social networks (26%), sponsored links on search engines (10%) or banners on high-traffic sites (3%).

    Almost two-thirds of them (63%) spent less than €300/year on their online presence, with 24% spending between €300 and €1,000/year. Over and above the cost aspect, though, it is a lack of time that hampers small businesses’ ambitions for their online presence, with half of them spending minimal time on it - no more than an hour a week (33%), an hour a month (13%) or even an hour a year (3%)! In fact, only 9% of them said they posted content on their websites every day and 29% once a week.

    Most importantly of all, it is difficult for them to determine the return on investment that the required financial and human resources will yield, with almost half of VSE and SME managers (46%) believing that being online is useful to their business but not knowing how to assess its profitability. 21% of them considered it not to be very profitable, while 10% didn’t consider it to be profitable at all.

    Here, again, the differences between a social network visibility strategy and a commercial website strategy are clear, with 27% of VSEs and SMEs indicating that they were on social networks claiming that they could not estimate the percentage of their turnover generated through the Internet as opposed to 23% of VSEs and SMEs with a website. On the other hand, 24% of VSEs and SMEs with a website claimed that the Internet accounted for over 50% of their turnover as opposed to 19% of VSEs and SMEs visible through social networks.



    Methodology: Data gathered from 3,006 VSE and SME managers via an online questionnaire completed between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019

    Further readings

    11752 * (AFNIC) Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[The Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity will support 59 projects to improve digital inclusion]]>

    The winners 2019 of the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity

    The Afnic Foundation announced today, at its annual Rencontres des Solidarités Numériques (‘Digital Solidarity Meetings’) event, that it has selected 59 winners who will receive a total of €1.1 million in funding for their respective projects designed to make digital technology accessible to all.


    Created in 2015 by Afnic, from which it receives 90% of the profits generated by the .fr Top Level Domain, the Afnic Foundation has increased the number of winners and the budget allocated to their respective projects every year since, contributing €2.8 million to 117 projects between 2015 and 2018 alone.

    "2019 has been an exceptional year for our Foundation, which will have supported a record number of 59 winners. This shows just how dynamic these projects designed to make the Internet more inclusive and accessible to all really are", explains Philippe Distler, President of the Afnic Foundation.

    59 winners have been chosen from among the 390 applications received this year, including the following:

    • Projects designed to promote equal access to the digital sphere throughout the country, such as the Wagon numérique (‘Digital Wagon’) - a project supported by the Chemin de Fer de la Vallée de l'Eure association to restore a 1905 wagon and turn it into a mobile unit for assisting with administrative procedures and access rights.
    • Environmental projects, such as ‘HopHopFood’ - an app designed to fight food waste by enabling individuals to gift food to others.
    • Health projects, such as the Prévention du VIH par Voie Numérique (‘Digital HIV Prevention’) project led by Aides Centre-Val de Loire, which aims to enhance this initiative, launched in 2018, with digital consultations, an app and digital interviews.
    • Innovative projects, such as Eldorado - a small humanoid robot programmed using artificial intelligence to help children in difficulty to learn to read, an idea by the Centre de Promotion du Livre de Jeunesse.


    Discover the full list of the Afnic Foundation winners.


    The 2020 call for proposals will be launched next spring.


    About the Afnic Foundation

    The Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity was set up by Afnic in April 2015 with the aim of supporting the development of an inclusive Internet, as well as improving training and awareness of its uses by supporting local and formative digital solidarity initiatives and research projects in the field of digital solidarity. Following three calls for proposals, the Afnic Foundation has to date contributed €2.8 million to 117 projects. For further information, please visit


    11750 * (AFNIC) Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Decoding brand-specific domain names: Why brand TLDs are so highly coveted]]>

    .mma, .leclerc and .sncf are just a few of the iconic and pioneering so-called ‘brand’ Internet Top Level Domains that have already been purchased by major groups or services, all of them proving successful in terms of brand territory and coordinating the company’s online presence. With a new round of new Internet TLDs allocations on the horizon, AFNIC, the leading French Internet registry, is preparing to support brands that are establishing themselves within their respective markets in obtaining the keys to a successful digital identity.

    Key figures

    • 645 ."brand" Top Level Domains were granted by the ICANN in 2012
    • 28 of these were acquired by French companies or institutions
    • 17 candidates, including 8 brands, that were supported by AFNIC in 2012 successfully obtained their TLD
    • AFNIC currently operates 8 brand TLDs, namely .aquarelle, .bostik, .leclerc, .lancaster, .mma, .ovh, .sncf and .total
    • It cost approximately €150,000 to obtain a domain from the ICANN in 2012


    28 brand Top Level Domain purchased in France in 2012

    Brand Top Level Domains are a recent addition to the history of the Internet, with the ICANN, one of the world's main Internet regulators, first authorising and commercialising new customised domains in 2012. Some of these, such as .paris, are "open" and might therefore be available to any individual or organisation with a link to the city of Paris. Brand Top Level Domains, with a few exceptions, meanwhile, are for the exclusive use of the brands that have purchased them. AFNIC is currently the leading French body providing technical and support solutions for these Top Level Domains and has been supporting the majority of pioneering French brands in using their respective customised domains since 2012.

    Digital identity now at the heart of business concerns

    As far as Pierre Bonis, CEO of AFNIC, is concerned, the current situation is very different from that of 2012: “Companies and brands have matured in terms of online presence and digital outreach. The digital sphere has become a space in its own right, and one of the highest importance at that, so many organisations are now seeking to establish an innovative and controlled online presence”.

    Benefits cited by brands that have already taken the plunge include defining the boundaries of the digital territory, increased security and even the coherent structuring of all forms of interaction between the brand and its audiences, including customers, users, future applicants and partners. A customised domain is indeed a major lever in sustainably strengthening a company’s digital space since it allows it to create an authentic and infinitely divisible territory that reflects the company's needs and where both existing and prospective customers will feel reassured.

    The SNCF is a prime example of this, having launched its new online booking platform,, on 6 December 2017 following the successful complete overhaul of - one of Europe’s leading e-commerce sites. The case of another pioneering company in the form of MMA, meanwhile, sheds some light on companies operating as part of a network and with the ability to unite a variety of widely dispersed players. The insurance network currently has over 1,700 branches throughout France, with each branch having its own .mma Internet address with a dedicated web page, establishing a greater sense of proximity to its customers. The Zerotracas road risk prevention website ( and the website of the MMA’s Foundation for Future Entrepreneurs ( also operate under the .mma banner.

    AFNIC - a leading player in the registration and management of new gTLDs

    AFNIC performs an essential public service role: managing the .fr Top Level Domain, which recently celebrated its 33rd anniversary. With over 3,400,000 registered domain names, it is one of the most dynamic European TLDs.

    AFNIC draws on its extensive experience to support companies and local authorities in compiling and submitting Top Level Domain applications to the ICANN. It then offers an operational service that involves ensuring that they are working as they should - a task that it currently performs for 8 brands with the .aquarelle, .bostik, .leclerc, .lancaster, .mma, .ovh, .sncf and .total domains, as well as administering the .paris, .alsace, .corsica, .bzh and .museum domains, accounting for a total of 21 TLDs, all with their own particular fields of expertise.

    As Pierre Bonis explains, “we have gone from a few pioneering brands to a larger number of brands that are also more curious and have a greater understanding of the marketing, employer brand, business, network and franchise issues that affect their image. We are there to accompany and support them at the commissioning stage and later to ensure consistent technical performance”.

    After all, AFNIC's role extends well beyond consultancy alone in the race that will lead to the granting of a Top Level Domain as of 2021. A company that has its own domain is, in fact, responsible for choosing a registry operator that will oversee the technical operation of the TLD and help it to establish the rules governing its use. Choosing a French operator offers the sort of cultural proximity that can prove useful at all stages of the project, as well as ensuring full compliance with the requirements of French legislation, notably including the GDPR. Furthermore, technical management requires robust infrastructures to guarantee a secure and uninterrupted service. AFNIC has its own DNS service infrastructure that is managed and hosted in France in accordance with the highest security standards and the levels of service required by the ICANN.

    Not only does AFNIC boast undeniable technical excellence but it also, first and foremost, has the capacity to support companies at every stage of the process, and it is AFNIC’s teams will make all the difference for companies relying on us in the run-up to the 2021 deadline and beyond.


    11721 * (AFNIC) Mon, 25 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[.museum, an indication of reliability and the domain of choice to boost your international reach]]>  

    Logo .museum


    Afnic has been operating the .museum world registry since 2018 with the aim of increasing its usage and supporting museums in their digital transformation.

    First introduced in 2001, .museum is an unrivalled Top Level Domain for museums and related institutions, making it easier to highlight the skills and expertise of the professionals and individuals concerned and providing a prime opportunity both to share their work, their passion and their sponsorship activities and to set themselves apart visually. The .museum domain represents a valuable opportunity in a sector where visibility is vital in reaching the target market, and an opportunity that both the Greisinger Museum and the MIM have taken.

    Delving into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings thanks to the dynamism of one man with a passion

    Bernd Greisinger is the founder of the eponymous museum in Jenins, Eastern Switzerland, dedicated to Middle-earth. The museum welcomes visitors to a 300m² exhibition area which includes a reconstructed hobbit house and in total 10 exhibition rooms. Since 2013 it hosts Greisinger’s private collection - the largest in the world available to date - of art and books based on or inspired by The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, all written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

    The website is now the museum's showcase and the first point of contact with future visitors. What makes the Greisinger Museum different is that it has no set opening hours, so visitors must visit the website,, to book a day and time to visit.

    Greisinger Museum - Hobbit House

     Copyright Greisinger Museum - Hobbit House

    “The .museum domain seemed like the obvious choice for our website address since it highlights the positioning of our Foundation as a museum where the public is concerned and is also a short and easy to remember domain name. is undoubtedly more modern and memorable than greisinger-museum followed by another Top Level Domain”, explains Bernd Greisinger, President of the non-profit foundation that manages the museum. “It goes without saying, of course, that the .museum promises future visitors museum-specific content available in multiple languages! And since we also use this address for our emails, this modern and conscientious image is reflected in our interaction with both the public and our partners”, he concludes.

    As well as the online booking system, the website also offers a brief insight into the collection and gives the museum’s contact details so that visitors can find it or get in touch easily. It also links to the museum's Facebook account, which has a community of nearly 7,000 fans.


    Magnificent minerals at the MIM museum

    Inaugurated in 2013, the MIM (Mineral Museum) in Beirut, Lebanon, is home to one of the largest private mineral collections in the world. The museum takes its name from the 24th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of the letter “M” in the Latin alphabet). It is also the first letter of the Arabic (and French and English) words for “museum”, “minerals “and “mines”.

    MIM Museum - Aquamarine

     Copyright MIM Museum - Aquamarine

    At the MIM, visitors can admire some 2,000 incredible mineral specimens in the Salim Eddé collection, one of the world’s most varied (450 different species from 70 countries worldwide). The MIM relies heavily on digital communication tools, including visual animations and touch-screens, in order to offer its visitors ever-increasing levels of interactivity and educational information.

    The museum's website,, is currently available in three languages (Arabic, French and English) and allows visitors to download additional information and photos directly from a smartphone or tablet either before or after their visit. This is a key means of conveying practical information but most importantly of raising the museum’s profile. It is also the main focus of the strategy for coordinating and growing the museum’s community of fans and followers on social networks.

    The MIM museum immediately chose the .museum domain; after all, as MIM curator Suzy Hakimian explains, “A .museum domain is a sign of a museum that is an integral part of the world of museums as reflected in the ICOM (International Council of Museums) slogan: “Museums have no borders, they have a network”.

    11714 * (AFNIC) Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic is raising awareness among 16-25-year-olds on mastering their online presence]]>


    Afnic, the association responsible for the .fr country-code Top Level Domain, has announced the introduction of a support scheme on 21 October to help 16-25-year-olds master their online presence, in partnership with the French federation of student associations (FFBDE - Fédération Française des Bureaux d’Étudiants). The scheme is comprised of two specific components: training workshops across France, run in higher education institutions that have partnered with the operation, and a variation of its platform Commence par Ré (meaning “Let’s start succeedding with .fr”), dedicated to young people.

    Afnic intends to use this new scheme to reach out to 50,000 young people by the end of 2019, helping them understand their “default” uses of the Web, share knowledge and reflect on the issues and good practices involved in mastering their digital identity, on a personal and eventually professionally level.

    Good practices for mastering your online presence

    As part of its promotion of the .fr Top Level Domain, Afnic has devoted part of its activity to supporting French VSEs/SMEs in their digital transformation for a number of years now, particularly in terms of their digital identity, website creation, Internet presence, cybersecurity, etc.

    Drawing on this experience, the association is now focusing on 16-25-year-olds, students and/or budding entrepreneurs. Although skilled in digital tools, this generation does not always see the relevance of mastering their e-reputation. Against this backdrop, personal branding is attracting increasing attention, and command of digital tools and know-how is becoming essential.

    A scheme comprised of two components

    20 training workshops in 20 schools, including Centrale Lille Graduate Engineering school and the Hotel Management School in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. The 2-hour workshops will be run by the schools’ students, pre-selected and trained in the subject by Afnic experts. 10 ambassadors will be chosen to run the 20 workshops scheduled for 21 October and 6 December.

    The topics covered will include:

    • Controlled and independent online presence, at a time of scandals linked to the collection of personal data by the GAFA
    • Personal branding as a way of making an impression on recruiters: registering a domain name, creating a website and a personalised email address
    • The advantages of the .fr TLD 

    A variation of the platform Ré (meaning “Succeed with .fr”) designed for young people

    The association launched the variation of Commence par Ré on 21 October, specifically dedicated to young people. A wide range of content will be available, in addition to a quiz to test knowledge and uses.

    Users are also able to:

    • Check the availability of a .fr domain name;
    • Find out about workshops run in schools in their region and sign up via the student association;
    • Visit the website for VSEs/SMEs for those interested or already involved in a professional activity and looking for increased support. 

    The scheme is visible on social networks and websites frequently visited by young people: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat stories, YouTube display, etc.


    11699 * (AFNIC) Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic is improving and simplifying .FR Lock, its domain name security system]]>


    Launched by Afnic in 2015, the .FR Lock system provides security against cyberattacks and hijacking in particular, in which an attacker steals a domain name in order to take control of it and thus to edit or delete data of its choice.

    This service is intended for companies and institutions whose website and online services represent a strategic channel for their business, involving high traffic volumes, data capture, transactions, etc. These attacks are becoming more and more frequent and cause serious damage, both financially and to their image as well as to the confidence of Internet users.

    A reliable system marketed by .fr registrars

    The .FR Lock service provides defence against various types of damage:

    • Attacks targeting institutions and businesses directly
    • Security issues that may arise at any point in the chain of players involved in management of a website. 

    With .FR Lock, the domain name is locked at the highest level, the registry, in close collaboration with accredited registrars. For .fr domains, this is Afnic. .FR Lock thus makes it impossible for any operations or updates to be carried out affecting proper working of a domain name without the owner being aware of it.

    Any modification to a domain name must be carried out by the owner, under the control of Afnic, and only after legitimacy of the applicant has been verified, in close coordination with the registrar. .FR Lock thus affords a maximum level of security for sensitive or strategic domain names.

    In December 2018, 216 domain names were locked in this way; today there are 350, representing an increase of 60%. As reliability of websites and other services associated with domain names, in particular emails, is a strategic security imperative for numerous businesses and local authorities, AFNIC has since upgraded its .FR Lock system. Its new simplified management has helped accelerate the adoption of this system.

    The four major changes are as follows:

    • A 24/7 service even easier to use, and an authentication process which speeds up interactions between contacts.
    • The use of two-factor authentication, which strengthens the security process even further. 
    • Batch locking and unlocking: all or some domain names associated with the owner can be locked and unlocked during the same application.
    • Registration of authorised contacts for locking and unlocking operations in a “directory”. This list of advisors and trusted contacts is checked upstream by AFNIC’s customer representatives.

    Currently, 20 registrars accredited by AFNIC have signed the agreement authorising them to offer the .FR Lock service. These include:; Com Laude; CSC Corporate; Domainoo; Gandi; Hogan Lovells; IP Twins; Markmonitor; Meyer & Partenaires; Namebay; Nameshield; Nordnet; Orange; Oxyd; Safebrands.

    For further information:


    11834 * (AFNIC) Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[.museum, the new alternative for museums on the internet ]]>


    According to Afnic estimates, in 2016, only 38% of museums or related organizations in the world had a website.

    Created in 2001 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), .museum is a legacy TLD dedicated to museum activities. Backed by the experience and expertise gained as part of its task to support companies in developing their online presence, especially with the Ré program, Afnic was designated by ICOM in 2018 as the world registry operator for .museum to increase its use and adoption, thus supporting the digital transformation of museums.


    Three priority projects

    For a year, Afnic has been working in close conjunction with ICOM to set the criteria for allocating .museum domain names, as well as their distribution and pricing conditions in order to accelerate the access to digital technology of museum institutions and promote the adoption of the TLD, the generic term of which is international in scope. With these new provisions, .museum also helps highlight the expertise and skills of both museum employees and private individuals. It is a perfect showcase for sharing their work, their passion or their patronage activities and visibly standing out.

    • Relaxed eligibility rules

    The major change made by Afnic lies in the easing of registration rules. Today, any museum or museum professional (curator, chief librarian, etc.) or anyone with an interest in a museum can register a .museum domain name. It is no longer required to be a member of ICOM, as was the case beforehand. For example, a fan of the Prado Museum can create a website with a .museum internet address. In addition, the opportunities are vast if we take into account the Artprice study of 2017, which indicated that 700 world-class museums open each year!

    • Wider distribution network

    Afnic is also committed to developing the distribution network. If a large majority of registrars are located in Europe, the mesh of North America and Asia is developing to penetrate these high potential markets. Today .museum has 23 registrars around the world (vs. only 3 up until 2019).

    • Lower price

    The other key point to facilitate membership is the price. While it may vary from one provider to another because of the additional services offered (hosting, security, etc.), the average price is €60 for one year, whereas previously it was around €200.


    "This extension has many advantages for museums, museum workers and the public with keen interest in the institutions concerned. .museum enables international outreach, and more than any other TLD, holders can assert their membership in the community by being very easily identifiable by internet users," says Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic. "With more than 115,000 organizations able to register a .museum domain name, the TLD could undergo high growth in the coming years, in an area where visibility, and therefore online presence, is now essential to reach the target audience."


    For further information, please visit:


    About ICOM

    The International Council of Museums is an international organisation of museums and museum professionals, which is committed to the research, conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible. ICOM is a membership association and a non-governmental organization, which establishes professional and ethical standards for museum activities. As a forum of experts, it makes recommendations on issues related to cultural heritage, promotes capacity building and advances knowledge. ICOM is the voice of museum professionals on the international stage and raises public cultural awareness through global networks and co-operation programmes.

    11544 * (AFNIC) Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic, is elected Chair of the ccNSO's Internet Governance Committee (ICANN)]]>


    Afnic, the Registry for .fr domain names, is delighted to learn the election of Pierre Bonis as Chair of the newly established Internet Governance Liaison Committee of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), an ICANN consultative body for geographic top-level domain (ccTLD) Registries, such as the .fr.


    During its meeting in Barcelona in November 2018, the ccNSO decided to create an Internet Governance Liaison Committee (IGLC). This committee has ten members and will be chaired as of June 2019 by Pierre Bonis, Afnic's Chief Executive Officer since 2017.

    Afnic has been a member for many years of the ccNSO, whose purpose is to develop and propose to the Board of ICANN a common management policy tailored to the needs of ccTLDs.


    Pierre Bonis comments: "This role, within the community of national registries from around the world, illustrates the involvement of Afnic in international bodies to promote the dynamism of the French Internet."


    The purpose of the Internet Governance Liaison Committee is to coordinate, facilitate and increase the participation of ccTLD managers in Internet governance discussions and processes. In so doing, the committee helps to share information on issues and events related to Internet governance and ensures that contributions on this topic are reflected in ccNSO activities and in discussions and processes at ICANN.


    Pierre Bonis, 45, has been working in the ICT sector, in technical governance of the Internet and domain names for 15 years. He initially held responsibilities within the French government - in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministerial Cabinets in charge of the digital economy and then of sustainable development - before joining Afnic in 2012 as Deputy CEO. As a specialist in international cooperation issues, Pierre Bonis has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR), since 2016.

    11541 * (AFNIC) Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Godefroy Beauvallet is elected Chair of Afnic]]> Godefroy Beauvallet

    Godefroy Beauvallet, Chair of Afnic


    Godefroy Beauvallet takes over from Emmanuel Sartorius, Chair since 2013. As such, Mr Beauvallet will promote Afnic and focus its work on serving a secure and stable Internet, one that is open to innovation and in which the French Internet community plays a leading role.

    With his experience in the senior civil service and his expertise in digital technology, he will manage the Association with the Board, backed by Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic since 2017.


    "Afnic is a unique organization in the French digital landscape. It is part and parcel of the social and solidarity economy, as its status requires and its Foundation demonstrates. It bears a major public responsibility, through its delegation as a public service with .fr. It is also a stakeholder in digital transformation and innovation, through its affiliation with French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) and its links with digital research players, its commercial activities around the DNS and its close ties with SMEs in the digital ecosystem. With the Board and the Chief Executive Officer, I look forward to continuing Afnic’s adventure and contributing to it with enthusiasm," said Godefroy Beauvallet.


    Godefroy Beauvallet, 47, is Head of the General Council of the Economy since 2017. He has held several positions in the senior civil service, including as Chief of staff of the French Minister of State for Industry, Digital Affairs and Innovation or as Director of Innovation at the Mines-Telecom Institute between 2016 and 2017. He is Associate Professor at Télécom ParisTech where he has been a full-time researcher between 2002 and 2007. He was also Vice-Chairman of the French National Council for the Digital Economy from 2013 to 2016.

    Godefroy Beauvallet has also held positions in the private sector, including as Director of the AXA Research Fund. Board member at INA (French Television National Archive operator) and co-founder of the Lean Institute France, Godefroy Beauvallet is engineer of the Corps des Mines, graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Télécom ParisTech and Mines ParisTech.


    "Godefroy Beauvallet takes the lead of our Board at a crucial time for Afnic, as we are currently working on a new five-year strategy. I am delighted that Afnic can draw on his experience and drive. The quality and experience of our chairs, throughout our past, shows how vital Afnic's role is within the French digital ecosystem," adds Pierre Bonis.


    11521 * (AFNIC) Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic reveals the results of its study of the world's domain name market in 2018]]> Although it seems hegemonic, the .COM is actually a minority in all the regions of the world, except in North America.


    At the end of December 2018, the global domain name market represented some 330 million domain names, or year-over-year growth of 4.0%, vs. 1.2% in 2017.


    The breakdown between the main TLDs is as follows:

    • 176 million Legacy TLDs (.COM, .NET, .ORG etc.); 
    • 126 million ccTLDs (the so-called "geographic" domain name suffixes, corresponding to a territory or country); 
    • 7 million "new TLDs" created from 2014 onwards (nTLDs cover different segments including geoTLDs (.bhz, .paris, etc.), brand TLDs (.sncf), community TLDs and generic TLDs). 

    The main market trends in 2018

    • With 142 million names, the .COM remains the market heavyweight. Its market share increased by 0.5 points in 2018, rising from 42.6% to 43.1%, as a result of a growth rate that increased sharply in 2018 (5.2% vs. 2.8% in 2017) . 
    • The "Other Legacy TLDs" suffered particularly badly in 2018, losing 6% in stock after the 2% of 2017.
    • The nTLDs returned to growth in 2018, with a 15% increase in stock, although their market share is still low (8%) compared with .COM (43%) and ccTLDs (38%). 
    • The country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs), which experienced a significant slowdown in 2017, posted growth again in 2018, although it remained moderate: +3.4% in stock vs +2.9% in 2017. They represent 38% of the world market share. 

    However, the study reveals contrasting dynamics between the different regions of the globe: the strongest growth can be seen in Africa (+9%), in Latin America (+6%), and in Asia-Pacific which posted the highest growth rate overall (+12% vs 2% in 2017), which illustrates the rapid development of the Internet in these 3 areas.

    Europe is the only region to have lost stock, even if the drop remained very limited (-1%). Note the good performance of the .FR which gained 139,000 names in 2018, and that of the .PT (Portugal) +111,000 names, while the .DE (Germany) lost 110,000 names, and the .RU (Russia) lost 350,000.

    Although losing 2.4 points of market share, the European market is still dominant with 57% of domain names filed in ccTLDs (excluding the "pennies"*), followed by the Asia-Pacific region (31%).

    The other three regions represent little more than 12% in all, which shows the low level of their ccTLDs and their high potential growth in the coming years.


    The .COM: a contested leader

    Afnic's latest analysis highlights in particular the glaring disparities in the use of the .com. Although it is the world market leader, with 43% of market share, it is only predominant in North America where it represents 76% of domain names, a region which accounts for 33% of the world market (against 36% for Europe).

    Does the future belong to ccTLDs?

    Over and above the changes in the major segments of the domain name market (Legacy, ccTLD, nTLD), the interest of this new edition published by Afnic lies in its analysis of the breakdown of domain names worldwide. Originating in North America, the .COM developed with the Internet, until it became the embodiment of the net for users, especially American. But in the other regions, it is the so-called geographic domain extensions, the ccTLDs, which are most popular.

    "These so-called geographic TLDs make sense for regions in which people are attached to notions of origin and traceability," explains Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    In 2018, the .COM was the market leader with a 43% market share, followed by ccTLDs (excluding the "pennies") with 42%. The other two segments, Other Legacy and nTLDs, accounted respectively for 10% and 5% of domain name filings worldwide.

    More than ever, domain names are central to identity issues on the Internet. They are clearly not chosen at random. One of the main lessons learned about the new TLDs created from 2014 onwards is that the market takes time to adopt them, because doing so involves complex notions of recognition and trust that are built up over time.

    "While the change in the nTLD utilization rate as a whole is still encouraging, having continuously improved since 2015, the share of unused and renewed names is decreasing. These data highlight the difficulty for new entrants to impose themselves faced with "cultural lenses" on the one hand giving priority to the notions of region and proximity, and on the other a global approach that overrides any specific "reductive" feature implied by the TLD suffix chosen," concludes Pierre Bonis.

    Download the complete study


    The Global Domain Name Market in 2018


    *TLD that is free or sold at a very low price 

    11490 * (AFNIC) Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[France catching up on GeoTLDs]]>


    Internet addresses under the .paris, .bzh, .alsace and .corsica GeoTLDs are becoming highly successful. Afnic, the French Association that operates these Top Level Domains, has noted that they are attracting companies, associations and institutions of all shapes and sizes.


    Key figures:

    • The .paris, .bzh, .corsica and .alsace TLDs now represent some 35,000 French companies, associations and institutions.
    • The .paris GeoTLD wins with 21,000 domain names.
    • After a slow start since their creation in since 2014/5, growth in GeoTLDs is taking off.



    The .london GeoTLD includes 66,000 domain names. The city of New York is also attractive with 68,000 domain names under the .nyc GeoTLD, compared with 20,628 domain names to date for .paris. The French capital is therefore late in terms of volumes of registrations, but the gap is narrowing thanks to a recent upswing and the very high loyalty of users.

    GeoTLDs tell a very special story

    Afnic now operates the .paris GeoTLD, launched in 2014, as well as the .bzh (9,000 domain names) launched in 2014, .alsace (2,100 domain names since 2015), and .corsica (1,400 domain names since 2015) GeoTLDs. Although they are a little more expensive to buy, these TLDs have recently become extremely popular. Companies, associations, and institutions see them as a way of displaying the regional basis for their online presence. That basis is often synonymous with regional know-how and production at a time when the origin of products and short retail circuits are consumer concerns. These TLDs are therefore both a means of highlighting production with regional roots, as well as promoting those roots, especially in the tourism market where the quest for authenticity is also of growing importance.

    Pierre Bonis, Afnic CEO, is delighted with the success: "French companies of all sizes are increasingly aware of the importance of their digital identity. Many of them wish to have a .fr, and some choose to express their regional basis via a GeoTLD. It proves they are gaining expertise on the subject, and have no hesitation about being creative online as well."

    The role of Afnic

    Afnic, the acronym for the French Network Information Center, has a remit as a basic public service: to manage the .fr ccTLD and over 3,300,000 domain names in its portfolio, making it one of the most dynamic in Europe. The registry has been delegated by the French government to manage the domain names under the .fr ccTLD. Afnic also manages the French Overseas TLDs .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Lands), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte).

    Backed by that know-how, Afnic has become the back-end registry for the companies and local authorities that have chosen to have their own GeoTLDs. The .paris, .bzh, .corsica and .alsace TLDs are open to citizens everywhere. Afnic also operates the .leclerc and .sncf brand TLDs, which are reserved for the companies in question.

    From cities, to regions or controlled designations of origin, tomorrow digital identity will be accessible to one and all

    ICANN, one of the world's leading Internet regulators, is expected to allow applications to create new TLDs by 2020/2021.

    Pierre Bonis concludes "These new business and cultural opportunities have great appeal; France is catching up and using these identities in a global online communication approach that should further enhance its influence."


    11412 * (AFNIC) Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Thanks to its sustained growth, the .fr TLD continued to gain market share in France in 2018 ]]>

    With more than 3.3 million .fr domain names registered at the end of 2018, i.e. a growth rate of 4.4% in 1 year, the French namespace has once again confirmed its popularity and is gaining market share in France. Afnic, the registry appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr, reviews 2018 in figures and provides its outlooks for the future.

    The .fr, a net growth rate over the average for European countries in 2018

    The .fr had 3,305,296 names in stock as at December 31, 2018, compared with 3,166,105 on December 31, 2017. It grew by 4.4% in 2018, putting it at the top of the list of European Union domain names in terms of net performance with an additional 139,000 names.

    Afnic estimates that 8.9 million domain names were registered in France by the end of 2018, all namespaces combined (.com, .fr, but also .paris or .sncf for example), i.e. growth of +2.1% in one year.

    With a growth rate of 4.4%, the .fr TLD increased its market share by 0.8 points in 2018, reaching 37.2% - its highest level ever. "We can see the increasing popularity of the .fr in recent years, and one of our recent studies showed that VSE / SME management prefer the .fr (52%) to .com (40%)," says Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    This success of the .fr is in particular due to a low rate of delete operations, allowing the maintenance rate to reach 83.9%, against 83% in 2017. It reflects the constant improvement in registrant loyalty. According to Pierre Bonis, "The .fr gains and retains loyalty; its reliability and the support of our domain name holders have undoubtedly been a factor in these good results".

    A significant margin of progress in the years to come

    Afnic expects growth of the .fr to remain sustained in 2019. At the current rate, the 3.5 million mark for the .fr could be passed in the second half of 2020 or at the very beginning of 2021.

    "It is estimated that still a quarter of the VSEs / SMEs in France do not have a website[1]; so there is a plenty of room for improvement for the .fr in the coming years," says Pierre Bonis.

    France is one of the most connected countries in the world: 84% of French people are online[2]against 54% of the world's population. However, there is still a great deal of progress to be made to help businesses and private individuals take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Internet. Afnic is a stakeholder in that long-term process, which is a major source of wealth for our country. The association, a partner of the French government's Francenum initiative, helps VSE / SME management to improve their visibility online, including via its Ré platform and the Foliweb training workshops which attracted 14,000 participants in 2018.


    Download The Afnic Study "The .FR in 2018"


    [1] The study conducted by Afnic on the online presence of French VSEs / SMEs in December 2018 revealed that 94% of VSE / SME management consider their presence on the Internet essential or useful for their business, but 24% of them have no website.

    [2] According to Médiamétrie, there were 52.8 million Internet users in France in December 2018, or 84% of the French population aged two and over.



    11391 * (AFNIC) Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic and the INPI announce their partnership at the Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs]]>

    Both attending the Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs, Pierre Bonis, CEO of AFNIC (French Network Information Center) and Pascal Faure, Director General of the INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property) signed today a partnership agreement between the two entities. The issues involved in brands and domain names overlap, with common challenges for entrepreneurs: what needs to be done and what for? How can a domain name and a brand be protected? What should be done in the case of conflict between a domain name and a brand? To name a few…

    Underrated but essential steps

    In practical terms, the aim of the partnership is to make entrepreneurs aware of the importance of protecting their businesses by filing brands and domain names alike – as soon as they are created. The partnership reinforces the joint initiatives of AFNIC and INPI around the brand / domain name culture by providing content and organizing joint training courses. The agreement includes in particular the provision of AFNIC's Réussir avec le web questionnaire, which the INPI can enhance and disseminate to its various audiences. The platform of practical advice for small and medium-sized businesses provides entrepreneurs with a free assessment of their online presence in order to boost their business, and help them make the most of the web.

    A wide range of initiatives will also be provided for entrepreneurs to inform them about the rights, recourse and defense of their intellectual property. An example is the training course of the INPI organized on April 10 in Lille on the subject "Defending domain names", facilitated by an AFNIC employee.

    "We are delighted to be associated with AFNIC, as our work revolves around a common drive to help entrepreneurs," said Pascal Faure, INPI CEO.

    For Pierre Bonis, AFNIC CEO, "AFNIC is attentive to ensuring that the .fr TLD protects and encourages intellectual property. Our association with the INPI illustrates that conviction".


    Pascal Faure (INPI) and Pierre Bonis (Afnic) sign an agreement at the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs, on 6th February 2019


    AFNIC and INPI arrangements at the Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs

    AFNIC and INPI are co-hosting a workshop on February 6 and 7 at 4 pm on the theme: "Your business on the internet: corporate name, trade name, banner brand, domain name or brand choice... the questions you need to ask".

    The Afnic booth (booth no .417, village 4 - Small Business Tech), flying the flag of "Ré", supports entrepreneurs and raises awareness of the importance of an online presence.

    The INPI stand (stand no. 245 - village 2 - Institutions, Support Networks & Regions), welcomes and supports innovators in their protection efforts and raises awareness among innovative SMEs about the importance of industrial property as a lever for competitiveness.

    About the INPI

    Beyond its work of registering and issuing title documents (patents, trademarks, designs and models), the French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) acts in favor of economic development through its work on raising awareness and promoting innovation and its challenges. The Institute supports all innovators so that they convert their projects into concrete achievements, and their innovations into value. As a self-financed public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Industrial Property, the INPI is also actively involved in the development and implementation of public policies in the field of intellectual property, support for innovation and the competitiveness of companies as well as combating counterfeiting. As the custodian of all the industrial property rights filed in France and the data in the National Register of Commerce and Companies, the INPI distributes more than 14 million open, free and reusable data.

    11354 * (AFNIC) Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic via Réussir avec le Web portrays the online presence of French VSEs / SMEs]]>

    How do VSEs/SMes assess their online presence? How much do they invest? What are the perceived benefits and expectations? The 1st edition of Réussir avec le web portrays the digital maturity of French micro-enterprises and VSEs / SMEs*.

    The purpose of the study

    In 2014, Afnic undertook to support French companies in developing their online presence. That was a major challenge: at present only 11% of French SMEs use digital tools on a daily basis**. In September 2017, Afnic via its website Réussir avec le Web launched a large-scale study of French micro-enterprises and VSEs/SMes to assess their maturity on the internet and their assimilation of the various factors involved in having an online presence.

    "In charge of the management and development of the .fr TLD, Afnic's task is to support the online presence of French small businesses and SMEs, and so catch up on a factor impacting their sales revenue. Over and above the practical and instructional advice they can find on, one year ago we launched an online presence self-assessment tool, to better identify the hindrances and hopes of French companies in that respect", explains Pierre Bonis, Afnic CEO.

    Being present on the Internet has become vital for businesses today

    The vast majority of respondents have integrated the need to be on the internet, since 94% of them consider that presence as indispensable or useful for their activity.

    The 3 main expectations related to the online presence of the respondents are:


    • For 68%, the ability to present their business
    • For 49%, the ability to be quickly found
    • For 39%, the ability to communicate with customers and prospects.

    Note that among SMEs, the ability to communicate with customers and prospects comes in second place with 55%.

    32% of the respondents also mention possibility of selling online but it depends to a high degree on the company's line of business.

    "Making yourself known remains the main motivation, to be found quickly, and communicating with customers. However, the benefits of having an online presence, especially in terms of business growth, lie mainly in the development in customer relationships and the ease of contacting company. There are some genuine possibilities for progress in this respect," adds Pierre Bonis.

    Websites and social networks on an equal footing 

    A web presence for respondents is based on a combination of websites (76%) and social networks (74%),putting them on an equal footing, but varies according to the size of the company. SMEs tend to acquire a website more frequently (86%) and to use third-party sites for SEO purposes (33%).

    On the other hand, the presence on social networks does not vary according to the size of the company, any more than the aim to sell online: 25% of the companies indicate they sell products and services via their websites.

    The human and financial resources devoted generally remain modest and the return on investment is poorly perceived.

    For company managers, the problem often lies in finding a compromise between the financial (or human) resources to be allocated to their online presence and the expected benefits:

    •  Most respondents - 61% - say they spend less than 300 euros a year
    • 22% invest between 300 euros and 1000 euros.
    • Only 7% of them spend more than 5,000 euros on their Internet system.

    Here again, the size of the company is a major factor. Only 4% of micro-enterprises invest more than 5,000 euros a year against 28% for SMEs.

    "The budget for online presence is still low. But although additional investment may be necessary, it is also essential that supply adapts to demand, with simple and inexpensive solutions for VSEs", comments Pierre Bonis.

    Regarding the time spent managing online presence, 61% of respondents say they spend less than one hour a week. 29% work on it for less than one hour a month.

    These percentages are respectively 60% and 26% for VSEs and 40% and 22% for SMEs. Here again, the size effect is visible, especially when the company is actively involved each day on the Internet.

    "The time spent on online presence is also modest. For an entrepreneur, this time must be directly related to growth in turnover and a better customer relationship," says Pierre Bonis.

    Regarding their turnover, nearly 60% of respondents do not know what share is obtained through the internet or think it contributes only marginally. That proportion is 55% for micro-enterprises and 76% for SMEs.

    It may be that SMEs are much less dependent on the internet in realizing their turnover. Only 10% of them say they make more than 30% of their turnover thanks to their online presence. This is not the case for 26% of the companies.

    A majority of custom domain names

    • 91% of respondents say they have their own domain name.
    • Among the TLDs chosen for their websites, .FR (52%) and .COM (40%) are the two undisputed leaders.
    • The other extensions - .NET, .ORG, etc. - are more than marginal at 8%.
    • ü  .FR is the most popular TLD, regardless of the size of the company.

    Social networks: Facebook is unbeatable


    The platforms most used by companies on social networks are Facebook (90%) and LinkedIn (51%).

    Their use, however, depends on size: 90% of micro-enterprises are on Facebook against 83% of SMEs, and 49% of micro-enterprises are on Linkedin against 70% of SMEs.

    These contrasts are also found on Twitter (respectively 34% and 64%) and YouTube (20% and 53%).  However, Instagram is more widely used by micro-enterprises (35%) than by SMEs (20%)

    "Social networks are partners for entrepreneurs, but controlling your presence online depends on controlling your website. That's why the two approaches are complementary, not conflictual", says Pierre Bonis.

    Conclusion: Support for the digital transformation of companies in France must continue

    "This first study, based on the analysis of the answers from 3,250 micro-enterprises, VSEs and SMEs, through a network of partners they trust and who have made them aware of the study, has made us learn some clear lessons, and work harder to help them, and make the .FR TLD the main tool for a simple and effective online presence for the entire French economic fabric," Pierre Bonis concludes.


    Download the entire Réussir Avec le Web study





    * Réussir avec le Web is a study carried out by Afnic, based on a self-assessment tool ( between September 2017 and August 2018 involving 3,249 companies loated throughout France and working in every business sector.


    ** source: Deloitte report "Économie numérique : le digital, une opportunité pour les PME françaises", [The digital economy: digital technology, an opportunity for French SMEs] December 2016






    11409 * (AFNIC) Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic reinforces its Executive Committee]]> Benoit Ampeau et Hervé Martin renforcent le CODIR Afnic

    Afnic has announced the appointment of Benoît AMPEAU as new Director of Partnerships and Innovation and the recruitment of Hervé MARTIN, as Director of Human Resources, Quality of Work Life and Legal Affairs.

    These two announcements follow on from the change in the organization of Afnic and its objective to step up its efforts in two major issues by creating two new departments - Partnerships and Innovation, and Human Resources, Quality of Work Life and Legal Affairs

    Mr. Benoît AMPEAU, new Partnerships and Innovation Director

    Benoit Ampeau renforce le CODIR Afnic

    Benoît AMPEAU (42) is a graduate engineer from the University of Technology of Troyes in Information Systems Management. He began his career with Thomson Multimedia between 2001 and 2004 as a technical expert in the Group Intranet team. After an experience within the pharmaceutical group Eli Lilly and Company between 2004 and 2005 as project manager for business departments, he joined the DYADEO consulting firm in digital transformation, as partner and Strategy Hub manager in 2005. In 2013, he joined the technical department of Afnic in the Studies and Development Department as Contracting Authority projects manager and then as a business architect, before taking charge of the strategy of Afnic Labs and the coordination of Afnic's Scientific Council in 2016.

    He was appointed in the spring of 2018 to head the Partnerships and Innovation Department. In his new duties, Benoît Ampeau will be in charge of the development of new services and solutions as well as the development of the ecosystem of partners on Afnic's strategic priorities in innovation R&D and knowledge transfer.

    For Benoit Ampeau : "The development and provision of digital services as well as the national and international transfer of knowledge and know-how are at the core of Afnic's missions. The purpose of this new department is to support all of the employees already involved in these activities for a long time and allow them to cover new business lines and technological fields."

    Mr. Hervé MARTIN, new Director of Human Resources, Quality of Work Life and Legal Affairs

    Hervé Martin renforce le CODIR Afnic

    Hervé MARTIN (53) is a graduate of NEOMA Business School in Rouen, with a Master's degree in development economics and a diploma in medico-social services management (CAFDES).

    After a period working in overseas development, he began his career in 1991 as Assistant to the Human Resources Manager in a large department of the French Railway Board (SNCF) with 700 employees, from 1991 to 1995.

    For the next 20 years, he held various positions in Human Resources Management and in Unemployment Insurance from 1996 to 2005, and in the ANAIS Association, a large association with 1900 employees in the medico-social sector, for the disabled and the elderly from 2005 to 2017, thus experiencing changing environments (mergers of institutions) and development.

    He joined Afnic in May 2018 as Director of Human Resources, Quality of Work Life and Legal Affairs when the new department was created.

    Hervé Martin describes: "Afnic has a long-standing commitment to developing the quality of its employees' working lives and the creation of this new function is intended to reinforce, formalize and perpetuate its commitment to "human resources", as the main source of input for its technical expertise and consultancy services and its capacity for innovation".


    11112 * (AFNIC) Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic and Muse Doma to give a fresh boost to .museum!]]>

    The .museum, a legacy TLD with high growth potential

    Launched in 2001 by the Muse Doma Association created by ICOM - the International Council of Museums, a worldwide non-governmental organization representing a network of 37,000 museum professionals and museum experts in 141 countries - the .museum is a domain name suffix intended for use by every museum but also for people with an interest in, or connection with the profession and museum work. The .museum gTLD has great potential for growth since some 700 world-class museums open every year, and only 38% of museums have a domain name.


    A simpler and more attractive .museum gTLD

    Afnic has taken new measures to make the namespace accessible to a wider audience. Registration has been simplified and is now fully automated. In so doing, Afnic hopes to attract new retailers for the registration of domain names under the .museum gTLD. The registration fee for a .museum domain name has also been revised downwards, with a price set at 35 euros against 60 dollars beforehand.

    These new provisions are intended to promote the .museum suffix among a large number of registrars whose accreditation with Afnic has been open since April 17, 2018.


    Finally, to develop and facilitate a community of .museum ambassadors, Afnic has created and will manage the information and registration website and will facilitate the social media pages of the .museum gTLD on Twitter @dot_museum, and on Facebook @dotmuseum.


    "Museums are on the move, and the museum community is focused on the future and modern life. For Afnic, the challenge is to make the .museum gTLD a namespace in line with our own image: dynamic, modern, qualitative and one that brings real added value to the whole of this community, all around the world, " adds Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.

    10947 * (AFNIC) Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic publishes its guide with "50 tips to building your online presence"]]> Afnic Online presence guide

    Through 3 key steps – getting started, communicating, taking stock – this guide provides VSE/ SME managers with 50 tips for building and developing their online presence. It's the ideal tool to stock up on practical, strategic recommendations and boost your business on the Internet.


    Being on the Internet is more than just an asset: it's all-important.

    Digital technology is an opportunity not to be missed and a tremendous growth driver for all French SMEs. Afnic has been working to develop the online presence of small French companies since 2014, particularly through its platform Réussir en fr (www.ré 

    By multiplying its local initiatives and advice services – facilitating Foliweb workshops, attending a wide range of trade fairs and events dedicated to entrepreneurship, creating the self-assessment and advice tool Réussir avec le web ( – Afnic has undertaken to support companies in developing their Internet-based business.


    This guide is the result of that field work and provides, in 3 distinct phases and 50 tips, an effective method for building a successful online presence, step by step.

    1.     Getting onto the Internet

    Advice on how to analyze your objectives and the resources at your disposal, identify the priorities and start on a solid basis.

    2.    Communicating about your business

    Tips for promoting your business and interacting with your customers and suppliers, and thus becoming increasingly visible on the web.

    3.    Taking stock of your work

    Suggestions for seeing the effectiveness of the work done with figures and customer feedback, and understanding what works in a strategy and what needs to be redefined.


    "The 50 tips to building your online presence are the result of the daily dialogue Afnic has been having with web professionals for years, and they are now available to all in an overarching, accessible way. In so doing, the .fr TLD, which Afnic has been tasked with managing, is serving France's economic development in a more practical fashion than ever before. Because the online presence of craft workers, retailers, VSEs and SMEs is a major challenge for the country's economy! This guide is an invitation to act on the expertise of hundreds of web hosts and pros who today distribute the .fr. There is necessarily one near you,"  says Pierre BONIS, Afnic's CEO.

    Click here to download the guide "50 tips to building your online presence"


    10927 * (AFNIC) Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Réussir avec le Web unites market participants to serve the online presence of VSEs / SMEs]]>

    By bringing together increasing numbers of partners, all committed to digital transformation and business support, Réussir avec le Web weaves its own web to serve the online presence of VSEs / SMEs.

    Meeting a major strategic challenge 

    Réussir avec le Web was based on a simple observation made by the Afnic teams: although the means to develop a business on the Internet are increasingly accessible (websites, social networks, newsletters, etc.), 1 million French VSEs / SMEs are still not present online. To meet the problem, in autumn 2017 Afnic launched Réussir avec le Web, a simple, free self-diagnostic service that allows companies to assess their level of maturity on the web and receive a personalized action plan in less than 10 minutes.

    Thanks to a high-profile presence at events dedicated to entrepreneurship, Réussir avec le Web has already produced diagnostics for more than 2,000 companies. That success shows that the needs of VSEs / SMEs in the issue are high (understanding digital challenges, concrete tips for effectively taking action, need for support) and that there is no tool that is either as complete or comparable, whether for these companies or the partners in the system.

    Unprecedented mapping of the "digital life" of small French businesses

    Using the data aggregated by Réussir avec le Web, Afnic's aim is to draw up a genuine map of the online presence of small French companies. Based on precise criteria (geographical area, size of the company, sector of activity, allocated resources, etc.), it will provide a critical light on the current state of play in their on-line presence, facilitate the diagnostics on a larger scale such as for professional federations, departments or regions, and provide additional leverage for programs in favor of VSEs / SMEs.

    "There is currently no benchmark tool for measuring the online presence of small and medium-sized French companies. Yet they are crucial to France's economic fabric, and their command of the digital issues at stake is a decisive factor in their development. The collection and analysis of these data will allow us to fill that vacuum and bring this highly strategic issue to the forefront again", says Pierre Bonis, Afnic CEO.

    Uniting different partners to reach a maximum number of entrepreneurs

    To ensure the completeness of its study of the online presence of VSEs / SMEs, since its creation Réussir avec le Web has launched an ambitious policy of strategic partnerships. To date, 17 key players, all references in their field, have joined Réussir avec le Web: trade unions and professional federations, chamber of trade and commerce, start-ups, registrars, communication agencies, website creators, and the media.

    By offering their customers and members access to the self-diagnostics and personalized advice provided by Réussir avec le Web, our partners are taking part in raising the awareness of business leaders. Today, many VSEs / SMEs are struggling to make the transition to digital and are not only reluctant to change but share common preconceptions: it's too complex, too expensive, takes too much time to implement, etc. These brakes demonstrate how much VSEs / SMEs need support and explain why and what we are doing.

    "By bringing together specifiers and key players in business support, consulting and services, the community of Réussir avec le Web users continues to grow every day by providing precise analyses of the online presence of SMEs / VSEs. The varied profiles of our partners also allow us to reach decision-makers and project backers at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey, and that is essential for us," adds Pierre Bonis.

    The first 17 partners of Réussir avec le Web

    10896 * (AFNIC) Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[A 5.2% growth for .fr domain names in 2017]]>

    .fr growth and market share

    The .fr rose 5.2% in 2017, a growth rate returning to its 2014 level and breaking with the slowdown observed from 2012 to 2016. The growth was in line with that of the 28 ccTLDs of the European Union (+5% on average), which are globally recovering with a vitality greater than that of the last four years. Regarding .fr market share, it increased 0.7 points in 2017 to 36.4%, its highest level ever. It should also be noted that the .fr market grew faster in 2017 than the French domain name market (5.2% vs. 3.2%), returning to the vitality observed before 2014.

    Activity and net balance of .fr

    2017 was quite exceptional for the .FR, combining a significant increase in the number of creations of +6% (668,000 in 2017 against 627,000 in 2016) confirming and amplifying the recovery already started in 2016, and a sharp drop in the number of deletions -9% in 2017, returning to the 2015 level.  The .fr renewal rate jumped mechanically to 83% in 2017, a level it did not reach, even in 2011 (82.5%).

    The change in the net balance of the .fr, which consisted mainly of the positive change in renewals, was therefore boosted in 2016 and 2017 by the positive change in creations.

    Key .fr parameters: the create rate and the retention rate

    The create rate (or sales momentum) represents the percentage of names created during the year in stock at year end. Due to the 6% increase in creations (compared with a 5.2% growth in stock), the .fr create rate improved slightly in 2017, to reach 21%.

    The retention rate measures the proportion of names existing in the portfolio at the start of the year, which have not been deleted by the previous year's end.  The .fr has had a very stable retention rate since 2011, consistently higher than 80%.

    Differences with European ccTLDs

    The key parameters of the .fr so far have been slightly out of sync with those of its counterparts in the European Union. Its creation rate tends to be higher, while its retention rate remains below that of its counterparts. This situation can be explained by the fact that the "openings" of the .fr - abandonment of the "right to name" system in May 2004, opening to individuals in June 2006 and the nationals of the European Union in December 2011 - were significantly later than other ccTLDs such as .de or .nl.

    Note that while the easing of the "right to name" was the first factor in accelerating growth, opening to individuals was the determining factor, the two of them having a cumulative effect until 2013, without the opening to the European Union having any noticeable impact. From 2013 onwards, growth slowed and we had to wait until the end of 2016 to cross the three million mark for the .fr.

    .fr holders in France and Europe

    As of December 31, 2017, 31% of .fr holders were located in Ile-de-France. The other regions with the most holders were Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (12%), Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées (8%), Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes (7%) and Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (7%). The growth dynamics seem to be fairly evenly distributed, Ile-de-France being notably below average with 3%.

    In Europe, since the opening of the .fr in 2011, the percentage of .fr filed by foreigners has continually increased ever since, from 5% in 2013 to 8.5% in 2017 (+1 point in 1 year). Foreign registrants are still mainly located in Germany (85,000 .FR against 64,000 in 2016), the Netherlands (36,000 against 30,000), the United Kingdom (33,000 against 30,000), and Belgium (31,000 against 27,000).

    DNSSEC and multi-year domain name registrations

    The proportion of .fr domain names signed using DNSSEC tripled between 2013 and 2017, rising from 4% to 13%, ie from 103,000 to 411,000 names. This spectacular, on-going growth still remains modest, however, compared with those of other European registries, showing that the adoption of the DNS security technology is still not yet sufficiently deployed in France.

    The registrations and renewals of .fr for periods longer than 1 year (and up to 10 years), have been possible since March 30, 2015, yet their progression remains slow with only 7.9% of .fr domain names registered or renewed for durations greater than 1 year. The most frequent periods are 2 years, then 3 years, then 4 years, the 10-year period being no more than symbolic.

    Lessons learnt and outlooks for 2018

    One of the biggest lessons to be learnt from 2017 is undoubtedly the confirmation of the strength of .fr's position on the national market, with the 58% it represents in the global variation of this market. The upswing in creations, backed by this solid base and combined with a renewal rate reflecting the attachment of registrants to their domain names under .fr means we can face 2018 with a certain degree of confidence.

    Afnic, however, does not intend to rely on fundamental trends to ensure the development of the namespace entrusted to it by the government. It has a role to play in the development of Internet usage, especially at the level of VSBs and SMEs, which are still significantly behind in their presence on the Internet. Through its initiatives, of which ré ( and Réussir avec le web ( are salient examples, Afnic strives to contribute to the harmonious development of the FR and the Internet in France.


    Download The .FR in 2017


    10864 * (AFNIC) Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Experts of the .fr TLD at the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs February 7 and 8 ]]>


    After the trade fairs in Lyon, Marseille and Nantes, the experts from the .fr TLD are continuing their tour and will be present at the 25th edition in Paris on February 7 and 8. Their assignment?  Advising VSE / SME managers on the development of their activity on the Internet and have them test Réussir avec le web (succeeding with the web), a unique tool for measuring the online presence of companies.

    Réussir avec le Web: assessing the online presence of VSEs / SMEs

    Launched at the end of 2017, Réussir avec le web is a simple, free self-diagnostic service that allows businesses to assess their online presence and get a personalized action plan in less than 10 minutes. During the two days of the trade fair, the experts of the .fr TLD will be welcoming members from every sector of industry on their stand – No. 417 - Village 4 - Small Business Tech – to introduce them to the tool and allow them to carry out their own assessments. With more than 1,500 companies already analyzed to date, Afnic intends to create an unprecedented map of the digital presence of French VSEs / SMEs.

    Practical workshops to boost internet activity

    In order to answer the questions of entrepreneurs about on-line presence in a clear and pragmatic way, .fr experts will be hosting two workshops per day on key issues about going digital:

    • 10 expert tips for succeeding with the web: Website, social networks, SEO, communication: where do you start when you know that a controlled and effective online presence can pay high returns? This workshop is an opportunity for professionals to glean valuable advice on how to develop their business on the internet!

    Wednesday, February 7 from 10:00 to 10:30

    Thursday, February 8 from 16:45 to 17:15

    Register for free

    • Questions worth asking when choosing your Internet address: An internet address is a digital identity card. Well chosen, it makes professionals more visible and more credible to their prospects, investors or suppliers. This workshop gives them tips and hints on how to choose a domain name that fits their image and help them get their project off the ground.

    Wednesday, February 7 from 17:30 to 18:30

    Thursday, February 8 from 13:00 to 13:30

    Register for free

    Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs facts and figures

    25 years in the service of entrepreneurs

    65,000 entrepreneurs expected 

    400 partners & exhibitors

    200 conferences & workshops

    150 iconic personalities

    Useful information

    Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 February 2018

    Palais des Congrès - 2, Place de la Porte Maillot 75017 Paris – access map

    Open from 09:00 to 19:00 on Wednesday / 09:00 to 18:30 on Thursday



    10849 * (AFNIC) Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[The French Polynesia Chamber of Commerce, NAMEBAY, Botners and FranceTPE join Réussir avec le web!]]>

    Réussir avec le web (Succeeding with the web), the free digital maturity assessment service launched by Afnic, is pleased to announce its first 4 partners: the French Polynesia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Trades, the registrar NAMEBAY, the start-up Botners, and the FranceTPE organization, to promote the online presence of VSEs/SMEs.

    Réussir avec le web is a unique tool for measuring the online presence of VSEs/SMEs

    Launched in the fall of 2017, Réussir avec le web  is a tool that's simple, free and fast - 10 minutes and less than 30 questions - allowing companies to determine the level of development of their digital practices, to compare themselves with the players in their sector of activity and to benefit from a personalized action plan to develop their online business.

    Based on 3 themes -online presence, visibility and e-reputation, business development - Réussir avec le web is currently the most comprehensive tool in France for assessing the digital maturity of small and medium-sized companies. Designed to become a benchmark, Réussir avec le web wants to unite stakeholders serving the online presence of VSEs and SMEs, and has just announced its first 4 partners:


    "With the Ministry of the Digital Sector for Polynesia, we have created the Digital Passport, a 5-day training and coaching course designed specifically for non-salaried VSE / SME entrepreneurs who have a commercial activity in Polynesia. As part of this initiative, we now offer Réussir avec le web as a self-assessment tool to assess the digital maturity of VSEs / SMEs in French Polynesia, and help them focus on connected growth", explains Muriel Pontarollo, Expert in Digital Solutions with the French Polynesia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Trades.



    • As a registrar - a company authorized to sell domain names - accredited by ICANN, and by all of the major Registry Operators, Namebay offers a wide range of gTLD and ccTLD registration and management services, a range of complementary services and products (URL redirection, DNS management, emails and SSL certificates) and consulting services (negotiations and takeovers, installed base transfers, intellectual property monitoring, specific monitoring). All of its customers now have access to Réussir avec le web.

    "By offering its customers Réussir avec le web, the self-assessment tool created by Afnic, Namebay wants to help small and medium-sized businesses fully exploit their digital potential. Namebay is the preferred partner of many VSEs / SMEs thanks to its offer which covers all the online needs of a company", explains Éric Lantonnet, Managing Director of Namebay.


    • Created in 2017, FranceTPE is an employers' organization representing the executives of VSEs with less than 20 employees, wishing to develop their business in a reliable and stable economic environment. FranceTPE intends to defend the interests of VSEs with respect to the main private and institutional players and participate in national negotiations. The organization creates support systems for the management and development of small businesses.

    "It is to support the growth of their online presence that FranceTPE has joined the partners of Réussir avec le web and proposes the self-assessment tool on its website", indicates Joël Vittman, President of FranceTPE


    • Botners is a start-up dedicated to the creation of upgradable Bots ("chatterbots" or conversational agents), with business expertise and accessible on the main messaging systems. Botners Bots simplify all the factors required to start up a company's online presence - booking a domain name, choosing a host, configuring email, installing a CMS - and save time so that the company can focus on developing its business. 

    "Like Réussir avec le web, we believe that every entrepreneur should be able to exist online, to support the development of their business. Botners simplifies the creation and configuration of a company's web hosting. Once online, our customers will benefit from the recommendations of Réussir avec le web to optimize their online presence", Tiago Duperray & Julien Lecourt, co-founders of Botners.





    10809 * (AFNIC) Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Réussir avec le Web, a simple, free diagnostic tool to help businesses make the most of the web]]>

    The online presence of French small and medium-sized businesses: vast potential worth exploiting

    In 2017, although 85% of French people have access to the Internet*, and 80% of French Internet users learn about the web before buying a product or service**, nearly 1 million French VSEs are not yet online. Although the means to develop a business on the Internet are increasingly accessible - from websites to social networks or newsletters - and are highly effective if combined, more than 6 out of 10 VSEs / SMEs say they still lack the information they need to get started. For Afnic, it's time to change the situation.

    A simple, free, fast and comprehensive tool

    To better meet the expectations of small and medium-sized businesses, and help them understand all the issues involved in digital technology and then take action, with Réussir avec le Web [Succeeding with the web] Afnic has developed a self-diagnostic tool that is free of charge, fast, complete and personalized, which results in

    • ASSESSMENTS: at what stage of development are their digital practices? 
    • COMPARISONS: Where are their competitors with their online presence?  
    • PROGRESS POINTERS: What actions need to be implemented? 

    3 themes + 26 questions + 10 minutes maximum = 1 personalized audit

    To establish an accurate diagnostic of the participants' digital maturity and digital practices, Succeeding with the web is divided into 3 themes: online presence, visibility / e-reputation, business development and then provides practical advice on how to make their business grow thanks to the web.

    At the end of the diagnostic, the participants immediately receive a personalized audit and action plan, a score and a comparison with the average for their sector of activity, by e-mail, as well as advice and content with which to launch or optimize their online presence around the main issues involvedsuch as websites, social networks, SEO, etc.

    Soon a benchmark for measuring the online presence of small businesses

    Thanks to the unpublished data that will be aggregated by Réussir avec le web, Afnic aims to measure digital transformation in France per sector of activity, location and size of a company. The data will facilitate the diagnostics on broader scales such as professional federations, départements [counties] or geographic regions, and will provide additional leverage for small and medium-sized enterprises.

    Afnic a major player in online presence

    Created in 1997, Afnic is the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" (the French Network Information Centre). As the incumbent manager of the .fr TLD with nearly 3.1 million domain names in the .fr namespace to date, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 14 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh. Because of the stakes involved in the online presence of companies, in 2014 Afnic created ré, a free advice and support platform for small and medium-sized businesses, which now has several thousands of subscribers

    An official launch at the SME Trade Fair in Paris on 25 and 26 September

    In order to present Réussir avec le Web to its target audience, Afnic is organizing its official launch on 25 and 26 September at the SME Trade Fair in Paris. It will provide a perfect opportunity for small and medium-sized companies to learn more about this new tool and test it live on a special stand (Stand A-02 - Pavillon de la Communication Digitale).


    To test Réussir avec le Web (in French), click below




    *CREDOC 2016 / **IFOP 2015 studies



    10673 * (AFNIC) Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Pierre Bonis has been appointed as Afnic's new Chief Executive Officer ]]>

     Pierre Bonis, Directeur général de l'Afnic

    Further to the recommendation of the Afnic Board of Trustees, its Chairperson Emmanuel Sartorius has appointed Pierre Bonis as the association's Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Mathieu Weill as of September 1, 2017.

    Pierre Bonis, 44, has been working in the ICT sector, in technical governance of the Internet and domain names for 15 years. He initially held responsibilities within the French government - in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministerial Cabinets in charge of the digital economy and then of sustainable development - before joining Afnic in 2012 as Deputy CEO.

    As a specialist in international cooperation issues, Pierre Bonis has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the CENTR, the European association of national domain name registries, since 2016.

    Since May 2017, he has been the acting CEO of Afnic in accordance with the succession plan relating to the departure of Mathieu Weill - who had been the CEO of Afnic since 2005 - who has joined the Digital Economy Department (SEN) of the Directorate-General for Enterprise (DGE). Pierre Bonis will officially take office on September 1, 2017.

    "Afnic represents both the permanence and the resilience of the critical infrastructures of the Internet, and a constant spirit of openness and innovation. Continuing on from the work undertaken by Mathieu Weill, with the support of a Board of Trustees which itself is representative of the diversity of the French Internet community, and backed by the tremendous talent of the Afnic teams, in the years to come I intend to continue the quest for excellence to benefit all the stakeholders in the French Internet," said Pierre Bonis.

    10631 * (AFNIC) Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[The Afnic Board of Directors appoints Pierre Bonis as Acting CEO]]>  

    Having taken note of the situation, the Afnic Board of Directors has decided to immediately implement the succession plan provided for in such circumstances.

    In order to ensure the continuity of the association's various activities, the Board has decided to appoint Pierre Bonis, currently Deputy CEO, as Acting Chief Executive Officer from 1 May 2017. In this capacity, he will assume all the responsibilities assigned to the CEO by Afnic's Articles of Association.


    Pierre Bonis


    In the coming weeks, Afnic's Board of Directors will launch a call for candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer and will select one or more independent firms of consultants to support it in the open process.

    In accordance with its practice of transparency, Afnic will provide information on these future deadlines in due course to its members and to the French Internet community as a whole.

    Marking the departure of Mathieu Weill, the Afnic Board of Directors unanimously hailed the work he has accomplished since 2005 as head of the association.

    Mathieu Weill's work resulted in strong growth for Afnic during that period, enabling the association to enhance its expertise, diversify its activities, and gain broader recognition both in France and on the international market.

    Mathieu Weill successfully oversaw those major changes by involving both the staff of the association and all of its stakeholders.




    10487 * (AFNIC) Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic continues as the Registry for the .fr TLD]]>

    In a decree dated 5 April 2017 published in the Official Journal of the French Republic, Mr. Christophe Sirugue, French Minister of State for Industry, the Digital Sector and Innovation, has appointed Afnic as the Registry for the .fr TLD for a term of 5 years from 25 June 2017.

    "We are delighted by this decision which rewards the commitment and work of the teams and members of Afnic, who have allowed us to meet our commitments to make .fr a secure, simple and competitive namespace. With growth close to 30% since 2012, the .fr is one of the 4 most dynamic TLD suffixes in Europe and ranks as one of the top 10 in top-level domains worldwide. The .fr now represents a community of more than 3 million online successes," said Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO.

    Afnic will continue to promote the .fr as a key partner in ensuring the online presence of SOHOs / SMEs, supporting digital solidarity and making the voice of France heard at the international level.

    For the next 5 years, Afnic has set itself the goal of helping the one million French SOHOs / SMEs still absent from the Internet get on-line. Since 2012, the Ré program has been helping them begin their digital transformation and develop their online presence with business diagnostics, tools and practical advice.

    A non-profit association committed to combat digital exclusion, Afnic donates most of the profits from .fr to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity, created in 2015, which financed 35 projects throughout France as of its first operating year in 2016.

    Afnic would especially like to thank the community as whole for their support, in particular its members and registrars whose dedication has been a decisive factor in developing the competitiveness of the .fr ccTLD.



    10439 * (AFNIC) Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Reussir en .fr invites SOHOs / SMEs to the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs]]>

    Ré committed to serving the online presence of entrepreneurs!

    Ré is the platform with practical advice for SMEs / SOHOs created by Afnic, the registry that manages more than 3 million .fr Internet addresses. And since 87% of French people trust websites with a .fr address, it is the perfect TLD to create a sense of proximity and promote expertise made in France.

    Since its inception, Ré has helped professionals develop their business on the Internet. The free monthly newsletter La Box Ré provides practical advice on marketing, legal, commercial and other issues, helping them to launch a business on the Internet, optimize their online presence, and expand their digital "culture".

    Ré focuses in particular on the one million French SMEs absent from the Internet or only present on social networks to show them that owning a website and a personalized domain name is:

    • a simple, fast, and inexpensive process
    • an indispensable step for a relevant, controlled online presence
    • an opportunity whatever their business activity in terms of reputation and business development
    • a pledge of credibility and reliability
    • an even more effective lever when coupled with social networks

    Present on the Foliweb section of the Small Business Tech programme

    During the 2017 Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs, Ré will be part of the Small Business Tech programme, designed to help SOHOs / SMEs achieve their digital transition and appropriate the digital tools and solutions they need to do so, such as online visibility and presence, using social networks, generating revenue and acquiring customer loyalty, to name a few.

    Ré teams will be present on the Foliweb section (Village 4 - booth 435), THE venue for communication and digital business development alongside other experts in these issues:

    • Neocamino, a web communication solution for SOHOs
    • Jimdo, a 100% responsive tool for creating websites requiring no IT know-how
    • Powebco, a digital consultancy for SOHOs and SMEs

    The Foliweb section of the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs will also offer an outstanding program of 20 workshops with 100% practical, instructive advice, hosted by experts in solving digital problems: from choosing a domain name to setting up a digital strategy, from creating a website to SEO issues, the program of the Foliweb section will give visitors a tangible, pragmatic view of their online presence!


    The full program

    A workshop on choosing your domain name

    On February 1 and 2, from 14:15 to 15:00, Ré coaches Lucile Ravasse and Mickaël Vigreux will host a workshop entitled "The questions to ask when creating an address for your Internet business"

    An IP address is a genuine digital calling card on the Internet, since it already says a great deal about a business. Well chosen, it makes it more visible and more credible. Choosing it is a real challenge for professionals! The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to obtain the tips and tricks they need to choose a coherent, effective domain name that is best suited to their business.

    About the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs

    Designed for business starters, buyers, entrepreneurs, SOHO / SME / ISE managers... the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs is a unique occasion to learn how to start a business, develop a network and benefit from the experience of leading entrepreneurs. 2 days to learn about the latest trends, obtain the best advice, find suitable funding, and get projects off the ground. In 2017 the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs represents an estimated attendance of 68,000 visitors, 300 advisory services & stands, 200 lectures and workshops and 150 leading on-line business personalities.


    10319 * (AFNIC) Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[.fr passes 3 million registrations milestone!]]>

    .fr is still growing

    With a growth of 2.1% in 2016, .fr is still among the most dynamic top level domains in Europe, in terms of volumes of domain names ranking 4th continent-wide*.

    The continued growth of .fr: a community success

    Crossing the 3 million milestone for .fr is primarily the result of a collective effort by all stakeholders in the French Internet community. Afnic acknowledges the commitment of all its partners, first and foremost the Afnic-accredited registrars, but also all the registrants of .fr domain names, both professionals and individuals. Afnic thanks them for their trust in "Made in France" brand on the Internet.

    Simplicity and efficiency to promote the development of .fr

    The collegial work carried out by Afnic, based on exchanges with and the experiences of users, has helped simplify the procedure required to register a .fr address. Today, any person or company with a mailing address in France or in the European Union can register a .fr domain name, quickly, simply and affordably.

    .fr domain name holders support digital inclusion

    3 million .fr domain names are equally as many opportunities to make the Internet accessible to the greatest number, and reduce digital exclusion. As part of that effort, Afnic donates 90% of the profits generated by .fr activities to its self-named Foundation for digital inclusion(, which funds field projects throughout France.

    3 million successes online!

    "Registering a .fr domain name is one of the keys to a successful online presence for companies and individuals alike. To support the development of their business on the Internet, Afnic has set up the Ré program (www.ré, and intends to continue its efforts to make France a European leader in online presence," adds Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO.


    *Source: Centr, December 2016,


    10255 * (AFNIC) Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[End of the US government oversight of the Internet root: signed and sealed!]]>  

    By not opposing the Commerce Department's proposal to terminate the contract binding it with ICANN, the US Senate has validated the transition of the oversight of the Internet at the root zone level.

    The United States have kept their promise, made in March 2013 to transfer to the global Internet community the oversight of the root of the Internet Domain Name System.

    After three years of debate, during which all of the stakeholders were able to demonstrate their willingness to meet the challenge involved in a new organization of the Internet root, the transition is now irreversible.

    Afnic has actively participated in all of these debates, especially in the international working group on the reform of ICANN, whose work was co-chaired by Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic.

    For the US government to be able to keep its promise to withdraw from the oversight of the root, thereby recognizing there is no reason why it should have a discretionary, disproportionate power in relation to all the other states, the mechanisms and organizations that must now take on this task must be exemplary, transparent and, above all, fully international. ICANN, which will be at the heart of the new root oversight system, will have to implement all the changes identified by the working group, in particular the internal and external checks and balances for its decisions.

    "The heated debate in the Senate, until the last moment, raised fears that we were going to miss this historic opportunity to transfer the IANA function. The vote is a huge relief, but it is also the finest reward for the hard work of all those who, without being naive, believed it was possible to obtain the transition," stated Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic and co-chair of the Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG)

    ICANN will also need to develop its culture - a point that has yet to be addressed - so that the diversity of the world for which it works is taken into account. Both within the governing bodies of ICANN and at the level of the mechanisms for appealing its decisions, Afnic calls for the full and free expression of diversity, whatever the culture, language, career, gender, or age of the stakeholders. Indeed, to complete the demonstration that the multi-stakeholder model can work over the long term, all the players, in all their diversity, must be able to exert their influence on the organization.

    This will be the subject of future discussion, but for the time being, Afnic welcomes the effective realization of the transition, and calls on the French Internet community to become more involved in the work of a reformed, more open and more transparent ICANN.





    10114 * (AFNIC) Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Having an address in the .fr namespace has never been easier]]> 10 years ago, Afnic made it possible for anyone to register a domain name under the .fr TLD, which had previously been reserved for corporations. Individuals and companies were henceforth treated on an equal footing. This simplification has consolidated the ecosystem of the .fr TLD. Today the .fr namespace is a reference tool for individuals, companies and associations that want to assert their presence on-line. 



    A logical process that responded to a change in Internet usage

    The opening to individuals decided 10 years ago was part of an aim not to reserve the Internet only for companies, and responded to the fast-developing personal use of the web by individuals, such as multiple email addresses or the use of blogs, which were rapidly expanding. 10 years later, nearly 40% of the 2.9 million domain names under the .fr TLD are held by individuals!

    An on-line presence for all, the challenge of the .fr TLD

    While that opening represented a milestone in on-line presence, much of the work on the on-line presence of individuals but also for French SOHOs and SMEs has yet to be done. France is lagging behind in terms of the number of companies with websites, and they are paying the price in terms of lost business opportunities.

    But having an address under the .fr TLD has never been easier, since any person or company with a postal address in France or in the European Union can register a domain name in the .fr namespace, quickly and simply, in only 3 clicks!

    The .fr TLD is the essential first step to on-line presence, making a professional project more credible, creating closer ties with customers, and trust among partners: in short, a simple, highly effective asset on which a company can capitalize. For individual, it is a way of sharing passions, increasing awareness about talents and expertise, or simply a low-cost tool with which to organize an important event.

    To support French people in asserting their on-line presence, Afnic has created the "" system, allowing users in 3 clicks to have a domain name and join a growing community of nearly 3 million domain name holders. The system was enriched in 2015 with a free monthly webzine La Box Réussir en .fr, created to facilitate use by entrepreneurs of the possibilities provided by the Internet to set up, develop and make their business more efficient.

    "The opening of the .fr TLD to individuals in 2006 replied to the strong demand from French people to have an on-line presence that was simple and useful. We created Réussir en .fr, with the same idea in mind: to let everyone share in the benefits of on-line presence with the .fr TLD, of simplicity, trust and visibility for individuals as well as for professionals," underlines Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic.


    For more information


    9965 * (AFNIC) Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic calls on internet users to express their opinions in the public consultation on the .fr TLD ]]>

    The Ministry of Industry has launched the public consultation on the registry for the .fr TLD in order to inform the decision of the Minister on the prolongation of Afnic's term as the registry for the .fr TLD
    The prolongation, made possible by the French Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Act (CPCE), provides an opportunity to take stock of the progress of the .fr TLD over the last 4 years, as well as of Afnic's commitments with respect to the State, and finally of the role of the registry in the French internet community.

    For our association, this public consultation is much more than a mandatory step before a prolongation of our convention as the registry for the .fr TLD.  It is a unique opportunity, since our appointment in June 2012, to take stock of what we have accomplished together with the registrars, registrants, and all of the stakeholders in the .fr TLD.

    For thirty days, anyone can indicate how they think our country's namespace is managed. Expectations can be expressed, sometimes new or old, as well as comments, and possible ways forward. But it is also an opportunity for all those who know us, and with whom we work every day, also to talk about the deadlines we have met, our successes, and the progress we have made. The State will decide on that basis whether to prolong our appointment until the next tender to be held in 2022.

    "The fact that the State questions French people about the .fr TLD, and how it should be managed, shows the degree to which the national namespace is important for the development of the digital economy. As the registry for the .fr TLD for over 20 years, Afnic is proud of the work we have accomplished, and wants this irreplaceable tool to continue to work for the good of everyone in the French Internet community,"  stated Mathieu Weill.


    During the public consultation Afnic will publish a report as complete as possible on all of its commitments and achievements. That contribution will be made public. In our view, however, certain points merit being put forward before the consultation begins.

    Afnic keeps its promises for the .fr TLD


    For 4 years, in a fully open and transparent manner, Afnic has published all of the items that can be used to assess the Quality of Service of the .fr TLD, which can be found here:

    These items illustrate the stability of its performance and its compliance with the registry's commitments, whether in terms of the availability of our registration chain for registrars, the overall availability of the .fr TLD, or phone and email support. This performance is the result of the efforts for continuous improvement by Afnic teams and our constant policy of investment in the security and resilience of .fr TLD, accounting for 8% of our annual turnover. These investments, for example, have allowed us to set up a complete, real-time copy of our registration chain, in order to enhance our disaster recovery plan.

    Our Quality of Service is recognized by our registrars, over 95% of whom are satisfied or highly satisfied with our services. A promotion campaign for the national namespace ( was launched in 2013. Today more than 100,000 visitors each month benefit from the tips and advice provided on the website to develop their online presence.

    The .fr TLD has continued to grow for the last 4 years at a consistently higher rate than its European counterparts, and is expected to exceed three million registrations in a few months. Its prices have decreased by 5% over the same period, while new services have emerged: .fr lock, to secure a domain name and guard against website traffic diversion by the DNS, and multi-year registration to avoid annual renewals.

    Regarding the resolution of disputes in the .fr TLD, Afnic has set up the Syreli procedure. Since its launch, more than 800 decisions have been handed down by Afnic, allowing, in accordance with the rights relating to intellectual property, freedom of expression, and freedom of enterprise, to resolve disputes between rights holders and the registrants of domain names.

    The .fr TLD, Innovation and Sharing


    Over and above meeting operational performance requirements and customer relationships, being the registry for the .fr TLD also means creating value for the good of the Internet community.

    This is what Afnic does, first by investing 10% of the revenue from the .fr TLD in research and development and skills transfer, at the national and international levels. Involved in international standardization fora (in particular the IETF), Afnic advances the cause of the protection of personal data within the DNS, through its "DNS & privacy" work.

    Afnic is closely involved in projects concerning the Internet of Things (adoption in 2013 of the ONS 2.0 standard), and is developing its production capacity for open data (the Afnic Opendata Project) and its capacity for data analysis (Registry Analytics). Afnic believes the .fr TLD must always be innovative.

    Through the consultative committees and the many events in which it takes part, Afnic transfers its technical expertise and its knowledge of Internet governance.  For example, it has played an important role in the development of ICANN reform, preserving the independence of the .fr TLD with respect to the US regulator, while proposing changes that allow ICANN to be better controlled by its own stakeholders.


    Finally, with the establishment of the Afnic foundation for digital solidarity,, since 2012 nearly EUR 4 million have been contributed to finance solidarity projects, so that the Internet works for the good of the greatest number.  The first projects to be funded will be announced in early July.  

    9912 * (AFNIC) Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic partners with the e-Accessibility Tour de France #eAccessiTour]]>

    A digital divide affecting the most vulnerable people

    The development of digital technologies and services has revolutionized the means used for communication and information. For the whole of society, accessibility to those technologies and services has become a major issue in enhancing the employability, social inclusion and independent living, and in particular for people with disabilities and senior citizens. But the same population groups still face many difficulties in accessing digital services and tools, not only in order to use computers and software, but also to consult or create digital resources.

    A major initiative supported by BrailleNet

    Recognized as a major player in e-accessibility in France, the BrailleNet association announced in June 2015 the organization of the 1st e-Accessibility Tour de France as part of an agreement signed with Ms. Axelle Lemaire, French Secretary of State for the Digital Economy. For the first time in France, a series of events will be dedicated to digital accessibility "in all its forms", with three objectives:

    •  Raise awareness among stakeholders in education, training, research, business as well as local authorities, so that they can all take up the issue of digital accessibility
    •  Highlight exemplary initiatives
    •  Encourage dialogue and networking among stakeholders

    Between November 2015 and November 2016, the e-Accessibility Tour de France will be held in the form of 12 key steps throughout France focusing on six major themes:

    • Higher Education & Research
    • Public and community services
    • Research and Development
    • Access to culture
    • Accessibility within companies
    • Accessibility in a connected world

    According to Dominique Burger, president of BrailleNet, "Digital accessibility directly or indirectly concerns every area of human activity. In order to make digital technology accessible, expertise in the field must be developed and deployed. Decision-makers as well as workers in the field must be made aware of the issues and methods involved. Opinion leaders must be involved at every level. The purpose of our Tour de France is to create opportunities for decisive meetings between experts, citizens and professionals and promote digital accessibility"

    Afnic, a committed partner of the e-Accessibility Tour de France

    Afnic has worked since its inception in favor of the on-line presence of French people and an Internet accessible to all, and therefore wholeheartedly supports BrailleNet's initiative. Given that the benefits of digital technology must be accessible to as many people as possible and thus encourage the integration of the most vulnerable, Afnic is proud to become one of the partners of this special Tour de France. Underpinning that commitment, Afnic will also carry out a certain number of improvements to its own platforms in order to improve accessibility to as many users as possible.

    "Recognizing that e-accessibility is an issue of genuine relevance to citizens, Afnic is proud to be part of the Tour de France initiated by BrailleNet. The rapid development of digital technologies and the potential of digital transformation need not be synonymous with the exclusion of the most vulnerable. On the contrary, access for people with disabilities and for senior citizens to digital services and tools is a challenge we must face in order to enhance their integration and participation in the country's economic, cultural and social life," says Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic.


     To find out more about the forthcoming legs of the e-Accessibility Tour de France, please visit


    9691 * (AFNIC) Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic and Jimdo to attend the 23rd Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs on 3 and 4 February]]>

    The Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs: a key event

    Both an indicator of entrepreneurial trends and a hands-on support system for visitors, the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs is a venue for training, information and exchange for all the professionals involved in the creation and development of businesses.  On the occasion of the 23rd edition of the Trade Fair, more than 65,000 visitors are expected on 3 & 4 February at the Palais des Congrès in Paris *

    Afnic and Jimdo: the focus for the Small Business Tech program

    Initiated during the previous edition of the Trade Fair, the SMALL BUSINESS TECH program presents all the digital tools and solutions needed to ensure the digital transition of SOHOs and SMEs: how to choose and reserve a domain name, create or redesign a company's website, increase its visibility and sales through the web, create loyalty among online customers and develop a marketing strategy via the social networks...


    The Trade Fair provides an opportunity for Afnic and Jimdo on their joint stand – No. 415 Village 4 – to recall their commitment to professionals and share their expertise in domain names and online presence.


    "We are delighted to be attending the Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs once again. In line with our actions around the Ré campaign ("Succeed with the .fr TLD"), it allows us to meet and talk with a large number of entrepreneurs, and answer their questions in terms of online presence. They have extensive needs and our role in helping them make the most of all the development opportunities available to them is essential," says Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO.

    A workshop to support the online presence of entrepreneurs  

    Afnic will also host with its partner Jimdo – a multiplatform web content management system enabling the creation of websites – a Workshop entitled "An easy-to-use checklist to launch your internet activity", the aim being to guide entrepreneurs in starting up their business online: Content, Internet address, design, Jimdo and Afnic will provide all the tips they need to have an effective website that corresponds to their image.

    Wednesday, February 3 (10:45 – room A117) and Thursday, February 4 (13:45 - room A119)            


    • Justine PERUSSEL RP & Partnerships, Jimdo France
    • Lucile RAVASSE, Marketing Manager for the .fr TLD, Afnic
    • Mickaël VIGREUX, Registrar Relations Manager, Afnic

    To mark the occasion, Afnic will broadcast a live session of the workshop via the Periscope application on its Twitter account Réussir en .fr. A perfect opportunity for professionals who cannot attend the Trade Fair to benefit from the expertise of Jimdo and Afnic in terms of online presence!


    "Through our partnership with Afnic, we simplify the transition of French entrepreneurs to the digital economy. Our joint offer allows project owners to have a turnkey solution, including the hosting of their website and domain name under the .fr TLD, with a single invoice. The partnership also provides full support for entrepreneurs in getting their websites on-line aided by Jimdo experts to create the website, and the coaching provided by Ré in choosing a domain name," adds Lucas LEFÈVRE, manager of Jimdo France.

    *Practical information

    Paris Trade Fair for Entrepreneurs 2016

    February 3 and 4

    Palais des Congrès de Paris

    2, Place de la Porte Maillot

    75017 Paris

    Access Map

    Opening Hours: 09:00 / 19:00 Wednesday, February 3 - 09:00 / 20:30 Thursday, February 4

    About Jimdo (

    With an easy-to-use, intuitive interface, Jimdo allows anyone to create a showcase website, blog or e-store from a computer, smartphone or tablet –  without any knowledge of computers. Founded in Germany in 2007 by Christian Springub, Fridtjof Detzner, and Matthias Henze, the company now has a workforce of more than 200 enthusiastic employees in its offices in Hamburg, San Francisco and Tokyo. The Jimdo system is available in 8 languages and has enabled the creation of more than 15 million websites around the world.





    9631 * (AFNIC) Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[OpenData: Data from the .fr TLD to serve innovation]]> As of December 15, 2015, the information will be available on the website of the association and on the Etalab portal under the name

    Overview of

    The OpenData initiative by the .fr TLD is part of the movement to enable free use of public data initiated by the Etalab mission.

    In publishing several million items of data organized into three main sets on its website, Afnic provides a comprehensive overview of the activity of the .fr TLD:

    • public data on domain names;
    • the main business indicators for the French namespace;
    • a directory of accredited registrars.

    All of the information is historized and dates back over two years. It will be updated every month.

    The benefits for the French Internet community

    With this initiative, Afnic seeks to encourage the reuse of the data for analytical purposes or for any other activity that creates added value for the community. Crossing the data for domain names under the .fr TLD with those of third parties is not only a vector for innovation but will also enable a better understanding of the uses of digital technology within France, as well as the identification of trends and even business opportunities.

    Afnic has paid particular attention to the possibilities of reintegrating these data using automated formats and presentation rules that meet the requirements of the French government’s platform.

    For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic: « Making the data from the .fr TLD available is a key focus in our innovation strategy to serve the Internet community. The knowledge potential enabled by the initiative illustrates Afnic’s determination to help improve our understanding of the online presence of people in France. »

    Terms of access is available under the "Open License" developed by Etalab. The license allows free, open reuse of the data.

    Anyone can now freely use this common resource by downloading the files available at


    9522 * (AFNIC) Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[French GeoTLDs Boost the Domain Name Market]]>

    But because they illustrate the economic and cultural vitality of France’s regions and overseas territories, and also express the emotional bonds that connect everyone everywhere with a French city or a region, France now leads Europe in terms of innovation in the domain name market.

    France, the second largest player in Europe in the new GeoTLDs

    With 4 large-scale projects to its credit (.paris, .bzh, .alsace and .corsica), France is, with Germany and the United Kingdom, a world leader in these new namespaces. One feature specific to French GeoTLDs that makes them even more interesting is that, unlike their counterparts in Germany or the United Kingdom (.wales, .ruhr, etc.), they are not part of a federal organization. On the contrary they result from a political will to assert each location’s individuality in relation to the international competition they must now confront, such that entrepreneurs, associations and companies within them are already seizing the opportunity to express their attachment to the locations in question and reap the economic benefits of their respective reputations.


    "As a technical registry operator, Afnic has built its offer around two key ideas: keeping close to French market players and supporting them in every way so that they can play a leading role. The success of the French GeoTLDs is a perfect illustration of that approach." Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO

    GeoTLDs with a “French Flair”

    While the debate around .vin and .wine and other such nTLDs has been raging for over a year, the success of French GeoTLDs can be seen as an expression by the French of their attachment to the geographical origin of products and services. They highlight the holders’ connections with a location, territory or region, allowing them to use that origin as a positive, reassuring feature of their products and services.

    Practical uses already emerging

    Holders such as the Eiffel Tower (, singer Yann Tiersen (, the Pietra brewery ( or the innovative secure e-mail and confidentiality protection service ( illustrate the diversity of the players using the new TLDs. Because it is the uses that will allow the addresses to gradually gain ground. Far from the volumes announced by some of the new TLDs whose effective use remains to be proven, the French GeoTLDs with their communities are building a new French digital space, rich in its economic, cultural and linguistic diversity.


    "Brittany today, with 43,000 jobs, is the second largest digital economy in France. The Minitel, mp3 and ADSL were all launched in the region. Ranked among the most qualitative new TLDs, the .BZH is furthering that tradition of digital excellence and is a superb means of communication for spreading the reputation of Brittany, its social and economic players and culture on the world-wide web. Benchmark players such as the Regional Council of Brittany, the "Made in Brittany" corporate network, the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient or the Stade Brestois 29 Football Club naturally communicate with the .BZH regional TLD. Adopted by players of every size and in every market sector, the .BZH is gradually becoming the common digital feature of a dynamic Brittany open onto the world." David Lesvenan, President of the Association


    "The dot Corsica GeoTLD symbolizes our attachment to Corsica’s economic, social and cultural values in digital terms. The Corsican Territorial Authority has developed an ambitious program to fully support the development of Corsica’s digital identity thanks to the commitment of its 'Imbasciatori', the pioneers of the new TLD:" Eric Ferrari, Head of the Technology Development Department of the Corsican Territorial Authority that oversees the .corsica GeoTLD.


    "We are building the digital future for the region of Alsace, and for the companies and public sector players within it. We place great value on developing uses and supporting innovative projects, but also on showcasing the heritage, culture, history and traditions that have shaped Alsace. The .alsace GeoTLD is based on foundations of strong values." Benjamin Louis, .alsace project manager

    Forthcoming events

    • January 16, 2016 - General opening of the .corsica GeoTLD

    More information



    9513 * (AFNIC) Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic wins at French Communication Awards]]>  

    The initiative launched by Afnic in September 2014 to promote the .fr TLD among professionals and the 15-25 year-old age group, won first prize for the best communication campaign on a specific theme at the 2015 Trophées de la Communication Awards organized by the independent association Wexcom on November 27 at La Grande Motte, France.

    An inventive initiative hailed by French Internet users

    The Réussir en .fr campaign was launched in September 2014 to support individuals and professionals in the early stages of creating a business on the Internet (purchasing a domain name, creating an email address, a blog, etc.) but also to familiarize youngsters with the concept of a digital identity.

    The off-beat, amusing approach was a hit with its audiences, attracting more than 200,000 visitors to the Ré website in a year and over 600 subscribers to the Ré webzine since July!

    In 3 clicks via the Ré website, users can have their own domain name under the .fr TLD and join a community of over 2.9 million projects united by the same ccTLD symbolizing success, innovation, security and trust.


    Website Réussir en .fr


    Since September, the system has been enriched with La Box réussir en .fr, a monthly webzine to facilitate use by entrepreneurs of the possibilities provided by the Internet to set up, develop and make their business more efficient in the various legal, commercial, managerial and communication issues involved.


    La Box Réussir en .fr


    These various initiatives highlight the tools and services that can make use of the web more productive, and also facilitate the development of new digital practices in France.


    Julien Naillet during The Trophées de la Communication® Awards


    "Ever since its inception, Afnic and its partners have been taking action to develop the online presence of people in France. This award recognizes the work we have achieved since September 2014 with the Ré communication campaign to help entrepreneurs and youngsters adopt a digital identity and promote their economic development. The prize culminates a campaign of exceptional scope and scale for our association, and encourages us to redouble their efforts to help the French community be a leading player on the Internet." added Julien Naillet, Afnic Communications Director.

    The Trophées de la Communication® Awards, a benchmark contest

    Every year since 2001, the Trophées de la Communication® Awards, a nationwide competition in France organized by the Wexcom association, recognize the best communication tools or campaigns of the year in 32 categories, for services in the public or private sector, by small companies or large corporations, trades or associations, in cultural or industrial activities, from corporate websites to e-commerce websites. In 2015, the competition received more than 1000 application files from over 500 candidates, involving a jury of more than 180 communication professionals to judge them.

    For more information about the 2015 awards (in French)



    9488 * (AFNIC) Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic continues to invest in the online presence of French Internet users ]]> Its commitment is reflected in initiatives designed to develop digital practices in France and promotional campaigns for productive uses of the Web, such as the “ré” campaign ("Succeeding in .fr TLD").

    Supporting the development of the market for domain names under the .fr TLD

    One of Afnic’s aims is to continue to help the .fr TLD gain ground and increase the penetration rate for domain names in France. Our country, which still lags significantly behind its major neighbors (Germany, UK, Netherlands) in the use of domain names, has indeed the resources to significantly reduce this gap (1).

    « The expansion of the .fr TLD remains strong, with a growth rate of 3.7% (2) over the last twelve months, while the European average stagnated at 2.3% over the same period. This growth momentum is being built on a daily basis through the support amongst other things for the development of the online presence of SMEs/VSEs, which constitute a great opportunity for the French economy but are under-represented on the Internet: only 1 out of 2 small businesses in France has a website. Fostering the .fr TLD means also promoting know-how "made in France" and the country’s economic and cultural wealth as conveyed in the values of the .fr TLD: trust, proximity, efficiency and innovation. Afnic therefore intends to play a leading role in providing that support and already promotes success with the .fr TLD » adds Mathieu Weill, CEO of AFNIC.

    Supporting professionals in their digital transition through “Réussir en .fr”

    In line with the French government’s "Digital Transition" program, Afnic has developed for these entrepreneurs the digital platform “Ré”. Launched in September 2014, it guides them through the early stages of creating a business on the Internet, such as purchasing a domain name, creating a mail address, a blog, etc.
    Since fall 2015, this system has expanded with "La Box Réussir en .fr", a free monthly webzine providing entrepreneurs with advice focusing on four issues that are essential in managing a company (Commercial, Legal, Communication, Management), allowing them to leverage the resources required to develop their activity.

    Bridging the digital divide through the creation of the Foundation for Digital Solidarity

    A study conducted in 2013 by the French Research Centre for the Study and Monitoring of Living Standards (CREDOC) on the presence of computers in French households showed that glaring digital inequalities continue to exist in France: 17% of the households had no PC, 20% had no Internet access, and 18% of French people were affected by so-called "digital social exclusion."

    In response to those facts, in April 2015 Afnic created the Foundation for Digital Solidarity, which will work towards the development of an Inclusive Internet and will conduct operations to promote access to digital training and awareness about the use of the Internet. The Foundation is also committed to the issue of the accessibility of computer tools and the Internet for the visually impaired. Each year, Afnic allocates 90% of the profits from managing the .fr TLD to financing the Foundation and its operations, and will issue the first calls for projects by the end of 2015.

    Forthcoming events

    On Monday, November 23, Afnic will be co-organizing a symposium with the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) entitled “World Summit on the Information Society: achievements over the last 10 years”

    The purpose of the day’s debates is to provide input for the view that the French delegation will put forward in December in New York. 23 November, 09:00 to 17:45 - IFRI

    On Friday, December 4, Afnic will be organizing a debate on the theme: Selecting an online address for your business: asking the right questions.

    The purpose of the breakfast debate is to help clarify the issues involved in choosing a domain name for professionals, and answer their questions about this unique recognition component, and primary means of contact with their future customers on the Internet. On 4 December, 08:30 to 10:30 - Versailles Grand Parc Business Incubator.

    On Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4, 2016 Afnic will be taking part in the Entrepreneur Trade Fair in Paris.

    or the fourth year running, Afnic will be advising entrepreneurs on its stand about their web presence strategy. We will also be hosting practical workshops over the two days.
 February 3 and 4 from 09:00 to 19:00 - Palais des Congrès de Paris - Porte Maillot


    (1) The French market is still expanding with 115 domain names per 1,000 inhabitants on a global market of some 7,900,000 domain names – all TLDs included –. In Germany for the .de only, it represents 181 domain names per 1,000 inhabitants (DENIC data).

    (2) Data as at 30 September 2015.


    9461 * (AFNIC) Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[April 7, 2015: Opening of the .alsace geoTLD: the point is you!]]> Logo de la Région Alsace   Logo Afnic Logo Point Alsace


    The Alsace Regional Council is one of the few French local authorities (together with those of Brittany, Corsica and the city of Paris) to develop its own Top Level Domain. The purpose of the ".alsace" geoTLD is to make the region more visible at the international level, boost the region’s digital economy and promote the image of Alsace on the Internet.

    Domain names under the ".alsace" geoTLD can now be registered by any corporation or individual, on a "first-come, first-served" basis.  It is therefore now possible to acquire a domain name of the type and create email addresses of the type.

    The ".alsace" allows market players in the Alsace region to assert their presence and identity on the Internet, and exploit all of its potential by being able to fully communicate.

    Dash for a dot: how to register an .alsace domain name

    Registering an ".alsace" domain name is done through accredited ".alsace" registrars, a list of whom can be found on or from your usual dealer.

    For further information, please see:

    An ".alsace" domain name to share the values of Alsace

    In line with the "imaginalsace" brand strategy, the aim of the Alsace Regional Council is to increase the attractiveness of Alsace by giving everyone the possibility to develop a digital identity using the ".alsace" geoTLD. This new communication marker will act as the backbone for the "Alsace regional namespace", and be an important means of growth, particularly for businesses.

    The relevance in search engines of geoTLDs such as ".alsace" will facilitate the search for products, skills and services available in Alsace. In addition to increased visibility on the Internet, the ".alsace" opens a new era of development for individual initiatives, culture and the economy in Alsace. It enhances the identity of the Alsace region and extends its influence.

    To mark the occasion, the website of the Alsace Regional Council has become (formerly

    A point for everyone

    The launch of the ".alsace" began on January 19, 2015 with a priority registration period reserved for brands, businesses, local authorities and associations. After this first phase, 560 domain names had been created.

    Jean-Marie ZOELLÉ, Mayor of St. Louis: "Registering these domain names was consistent with our communication strategy, which is part of a dynamic process increasingly focusing on the web. The ".alsace" geoTLD also allows us to assert our interest in being part of Alsace." The city has registered 6 domain names for its cultural heritage, including, and

    Companies of all shapes and sizes have registered their business names, such as Meteor, Booa or Fortwenger, or generic names such as, or


    Philippe Richert, President of the Alsace Regional Council, and Former Government Minister:
    "The ".alsace" geoTLD provides a new opportunity to increase the attractiveness of Alsace by promoting our values, skills, the quality of our products and our cultural heritage... The public's interest in the ".alsace" namespace is obvious, because at the end of the launch phase, which finished on March 20, 560 domain names had been registered."

    Mathieu Weill, CEO of AFNIC, and technical operator of the ".alsace" geoTLD:

    "The ".alsace" geoTLD embodies two values that are dear to Alsace: creating links and being citizens of the world. Afnic is delighted to take part in this collective project and allow the experience and expertise of our teams to serve those values.” 

    About the Alsace Regional Council

    The Alsace Regional Council strives every day to meet the needs of the region’s citizens. Chaired by Philippe Richert, the Alsace Regional Council has 47 councillors, elected for 6 years by universal suffrage. Together, once a year they vote the budget that will determine the focus for the region’s various policies. In 2015, the initial budget was € 765 million, of which € 235 million were for public transport and € 300 million for training and life-long learning, the two main assignments of the Council. As the leader for economic development, the Regional Council has acquired various means of enhancing its attractiveness, such as the Alsace Brand and the ".alsace" geoTLD.

    About Afnic

    Afnic is the registry for the .fr (France), .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) country-code Internet Top Level Domains.

    Afnic is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services, backing 17 projects for new TLDs with ICANN, including the .alsace, .paris and .bzh geoTLDs.

    As the technical operator of the .alsace registry, Afnic is responsible for the management of the technical platform in connection with registrars worldwide, as well as the establishment and management of the technical infrastructure in accordance with the standards laid down by ICANN.

    Afnic comprises public and private stakeholders, including government authorities, users, and Internet service providers (registrars). It is a non-profit association.

    Press contacts

    • Gaëlle Tortil, Vice-President for Communication and Press Relations
      Tel: +33 (0)3 88 15 69 84 / +33 (0)6 78 79 93 36 -
    • Patricia Sergent, Press Relations Officer
      Tel.: +33 (0)1 39 30 83 25 / +33 (0)6 30 43 19 24 -
    8948 * (AFNIC) Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Short .fr domain names : Phase 2, opening to the general public on 02/16/2015]]>

    Since December 9, 2014, Afnic has allowed the registration of domain names under the .fr TLD consisting of only one or two character(s).


    The first phase in opening these new short domain names, called the "Sunrise" phase, opened on December 9, 2014 and ended on February 9, 2015. During the first registration period, only rights holders could apply to register short domain names under the .fr TLD. 111 short domain names were registered during this phase.


    On February 16, 2015, a new period opens, during which any interested person may register a short domain name under the .fr TLD which is still available, as listed below. During this second "Landrush" phase, a sliding scale is applied based on the calendar week in which the domain name is registered (the terms are specified in the registration rules). This system, with high prices for the first three weeks (starting at 15,000 euros per domain name and ending the fourth week at 100 euros), is designed to prevent the (high) value of domain names with 1 or 2 characters being immediately privatized by resellers. Given that a domain name is an intangible asset of a company, its acquisition cost at levels in line with the market is a long-term investment with regard to advertising prices.


    Finally, as of March 17, 2015, the general public can purchase the domain names still available at the current rate for all of the .fr namespace.

    Profits used to reduce digital inequality in France

    The profits generated during this opening phase, as all those resulting from the management of the .fr TLD, will go to the future Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity, which is designed to support solidarity actions in the field using digital technology to improve social cohesion and enhance equal opportunities.


    For further information:


    Landrush phase

    From February 16, 2015 15:00 (UTC+1, Paris time) to March 17, 2015 14:59 (UTC+1, Paris time)

    Period during which any interested party may apply for the registration of a domain name with 1 & 2 characters, provided it has not already been registered during the Sunrise phase.  

    During this phase, Afnic will gradually apply price discounts.

    General availability

    March 17, 2015 15:00 (UTC+1, Paris time)

    Starting from this date, any person may register domain names with 1 & 2 characters that were not registered during the Sunrise and Landrush phases.



    8799 * (AFNIC) Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster – new key tool improving Internet resilience]]> After a successful one-year partnership between Afnic and .SE, Zonemaster, the new DNS (Domain Name System) checking tool, is released today.
    As a successor to the well-known ZoneCheck and DNSCheck tools (respectively by Afnic and .SE), Zonemaster aims to become a world-class reference instrument for DNS checking.


    The DNS being an essential infrastructure for Internet communications, regularly checking the technical quality of Internet domain names is key to improving the resilience of the global Internet.

    Zonemaster by .SE and Afnic (Logo)

    Available to all as free software, Zonemaster can be alternatively used via a public web interface on or in a local environment through a command-line or a graphical user interface, after downloading its components from and installing them on a Unix machine.
    The service is available in English, French and Swedish.


    Zonemaster checks DNS servers and zones configuration against a set of tests based on Internet standards and best current practices to determine that they are correct. By running Zonemaster on a given DNS zone, potential issues related to misconfigurations or security mechanisms (such as DNSSEC) are detected, thus helping avoid degradation or entire unreachability of Internet communication services based on that DNS zone.


    • For Mathieu WEILL, CEO of Afnic: 
      "We are proud of providing the Internet community with Zonemaster, as a state-of -the-art checking tool for Internet domain names. We hope that the DNS community will make the most of it to contribute to a safer and more resilient Internet infrastructure."
    • For Danny AERTS, CEO of .SE: 

     "Thanks to our previous knowledge and thanks to the good effort of the experienced  joint .SE and Afnic project team our efforts have been leveraged to create the software in a much higher quality and in shorter time than otherwise possible.

    About .SE

    .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) is an independent organization that promotes the positive development of the internet in Sweden.
    .SE is responsible for the internet’s Swedish top level domain, .se, including the registration of domain names, and the administration and technical maintenance of the national domain-name registry.
    The surplus from domain name registration support projects that contribute to internet development in Sweden, both through its own operations and through financing of independent projects.


    8732 * (AFNIC) Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[The opening of the .paris and .bzh TLDs is also a success for Afnic]]> 12,000 .paris domains reserved

    The .paris project began in 2008 and was approved by ICANN in 2013. After its opening to the first 100 ambassadors on June 4, 2014 and a registration period reserved for rights-holders from September 9 to November 11, 2014, the .paris TLD has now entered a new phase.

    On December 2, 2014, .paris domain names became available to the general public. 12,000 domain names using the new digital address for the French capital have already been reserved, including almost 6,000 on the first day of the launch.


    JL Missika et Mathieu Weill, Afnic, pour le lancement du .paris

    From left to right: Jean-Louis MISSIKA, Deputy Mayor of Paris et Mathieu WEILL, CEO of Afnic on Dec. 2 2014 for the opening ceremony of .paris

    .bzh, a popular success

    Two days later, on December 4, 2014, the .bzh TLD also became available to the general public. For all Breton-born individuals and Brittany enthusiasts, the opening of this new Internet domain culminates a project that was initiated ten years ago. Gathering all the players since 2004 and backing by the Brittany Regional Council, the Association, supporting the .bzh project, obtained ICANN approval to create this new digital identity in 2013.
    One week after the opening, almost 3,000 .bzh domain names have been registered by businesses, associations, local authorities and individuals, which contribute together to the construction of a new digital territory, spreading the image of Brittany to the world.

    Opening of .bzh on Dec, 4th 2014

    From left to right: Matthieu CRÉDOU, marketing director of'Afnic, David LESVENAN, President of, Jean-Michel LE BOULANGER, vice-president of Brittany Region, in charge of cultural affairs.


    The growth in these figures confirms the enthusiasm of French users for new Internet domains (gTLD) that bring new, targeted places for expressing community membership, and fostering digital solidarity.

    Quality, Expertise and Reliability

    As can be seen, the past week has been intense for Afnic, the operational partner selected by Paris City Hall and the Association to manage the new Internet namespaces.

    Thanks to its experience, Afnic can offer skills as well as services tailored to the needs of all of its partners. As a technical registry operator, Afnic is responsible for implementing and managing the technical infrastructure in accordance with the standards defined by ICANN, as well as communicating with registrars around the world.

    A partner with Paris City Hall since 2009, and the .bzh project since 2011, Afnic has been committed to the success of these two new digital territories for several years. Their mutual success reflects the closeness of that long-standing cooperation.

    In addition to the .paris and .bzh TLDs, for five years Afnic has supported the deployment of 15 other new registries for new Internet extensions, including the .alsace, .corsica, .ovh, .sncf and .leclerc namespaces.

    The non-profit organization, registry of .fr, also manages the overseas ccTLDs .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte). The 23 ccTLDs represent a portfolio of more than 2.8 million domain names and make Afnic the leading French operator of Internet Registry Services.

    The next general openings are to take place in 2015, beginning with the .alsace TLD in January.


    • For Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of all matters pertaining to urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness:
      "The technical expertise and motivation of the Afnic team have been factors for success throughout the lengthy management of the .paris TLD project, including during our negotiations with global domain name regulator ICANN."
    • For David LESVENAN, President of the Association
      "We are delighted that we can now offer the people of Brittany – and all fans of Brittany at large – a new digital means of expressing their attachment to our region. This remarkable venture is the result of a collaborative effort to which Afnic teams have provided their expertise and availability since 2011."


    8588 * (AFNIC) Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[.bzh: general opening on December 4th 2014]]> Logo du .bzhLogo de la Région BretagneLogo de l'Afnic

    Since last September 4th 2014, priority registration phases were reserved for businesses, local authorities and associations.                

    On Thursday December 4th 2014, .bzh, the first French regional Internet domain, is becoming available to individuals. After the activation of the first addresses including those of the association (, of the Brittany Region ( and and soon and and of larges companies established in the territory such as Produit en Bretagne, Crédit Agricole, Inter Pôle or Armor Lux, it is now possible for everyone to spread the colours of Brittany across the web.

    Over a thousand reservations

    During both priority phases, over one thousand businesses, local authorities and associations reserved .bzh domain names. This figure places the .bzh as one of the most popular new Internet top level domains and reinforces the idea of the expected success.

    Brittany’s Internet Top Level Domain    

    The .bzh Breton Internet domain is intended for all Breton-born individuals and Brittany enthusiasts. From now on, it is possible to use the .bzh for one’s professional website, one’s private blog or simply to create a customized e-mail address ( The Top Level Domain is indeed just as much intended for professionals and associations as it is for individuals. Just days away from Christmas, keep it in mind as it would make a great gift...

    A new tool intended for regional stakeholders

    The .bzh enables regional stakeholders to be more easily identified on the Internet. By using the geographical domain, .bzh websites will increase their visibility and will come up with priority in search engine results related to Brittany. Finally, the .bzh is an indicator for Internet users regarding the establishment of companies and the possibility, for consumers, to favour them to contribute to the Region’s economic and cultural development.

    Spreading the image of an innovative Brittany open to the world

    Providing visibility to economic, social and cultural activities related to Brittany, the .bzh enables to highlight the fact that they are part of an innovative and open region, which is creating for itself a place on global Internet by having its own Top Level Domain along with 65 other territories throughout the world (Paris, London, New-York, Bavaria, Ruhr, Tokyo, Quebec…).

    Purchase your own .bzh now!

    To reserve your domain name, you need to get in touch with an accredited registrar (list available on As the association cannot market directly .bzh domain names, you need to go through one of these ICANN-accredited registrars to obtain your .bzh name.

    As for the association, it is in charge of selling each domain name to the registrars for €35 excl. VAT for a one year term to which must be added the chosen registrar’s margin, which varies depending on the additional services offered (hosting, messaging service…).


    Pierrick Massiot, President of the Regional Council of Brittany:            
    “After businesses and associations, I am delighted that citizens will be able to reserve their .bzh domain name by the end of the year. I am convinced that both Breton men and women will follow this trend, thus asserting, via this “digital Gwen ha du[1]”, their attachment to their region. Digital Brittany now has its own name, .bzh!

    I am also happy to see that this collective project, supported by the Region since 2006, has succeeded, thanks to much hard work and dedication. Thanks to such mobilisation, to this day Brittany is the first French region bestowed with an Internet Top Level Domain and, by definition, open to the world. It is now up to us to make it live and thrive”.

    David Lesvenan, President of association:

    “.bzh is now a reality, ten years after the launching of the project. From now on begins the fascinating construction of a new digital territory open to all. Brittany is our point of mutual interest: just like stickers on the back of cars, let’s now post on the Internet this shared identity!”

    Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO:

    “On December 4th, Brittany is expanding! It is indeed a new digital territory which is now open to all Brittany enthusiasts as a result of the hard and exciting work carried out by both our associations, the association and the Afnic. All our teams are very proud to have participated in the construction of this Brittany whose opening and welcoming tradition now also exist on the Internet."

    About us

    The association is the registry of the .bzh Breton Internet domain. In this capacity, acting under powers delegated by the ICANN, the global body in charge of regulating the Internet, it manages this digital territory dedicated to Brittany.

    Supported primarily by the Brittany Region, .bzh relies on the know-how of its technical partner, Afnic, manager of .fr, to provide a quality service to the registrars which market .bzh and to the businesses, local authorities, associations and individuals who register their name under .bzh.

    The non-profit association’s aim is to ensure its economic equilibrium and to eventually be able to reinvest its profits in the development of the Breton digital community, while remaining attentive to maintaining attractive prices for as many people as possible.


    The Brittany Region has actively and voluntarily supported the .bzh Internet domain project since its unanimous resolution adopted in 2006: feasibility study and invitation to the Breizh Touch event in Paris, in 2007, support of the organisation of stakeholders as associations in 2008, financing of the application submitted to the ICANN in 2012, repayable advance of €250,000 paid in April 2014...


    Afnic has been in charge, since 1998, of the management of French Internet country-code Top Level Domains (.fr, .re, .yt, .wf, .tf and .pm), with over 2.8 million domain names.

    The .bzh domain relies on its know-how to provide a quality service. In the scope of the new gTLDs programme, 17 customers, among which the French geographical Top Level Domains, have chosen to trust Afnic to accompany them in their project with the ICANN.

    In its capacity as technical operator of the .bzh registry, Afnic handles, among other things, the management of the technical platform, in connection with the registrars at the global level, and the implementation and management of the technical infrastructure, in accordance with the standards set up by ICANN.


    Press officers:  


    [1] The flag of Brittany is called the Gwenn-ha-du [ɡwɛnaˈdyː] in Breton.



    8549 * (AFNIC) Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic consolidates its consultancy and expertise offering]]> As the leading registry for French Internet addresses, for over 15 years Afnic has built up a unique level of experience in domain name management in France. Afnic is a non-profit association, and the government-appointed Registry for the management of .fr domain names. It also manages the overseas TLDs for .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte). Those six ccTLDs represent a portfolio of more than 2.8 million domain names and make Afnic the leading French operator of Internet Registry Services.


    Afnic carries out its assignments in the public interest by involving all the relevant stakeholders in its decisions (scientists, the public authorities, and representatives of private sector involved in the Internet in France).

    Its time-tested processes in DNS management and ability to secure a large portfolio of domain names are now proving their value in other businesses and organizations. Since 2011, Afnic has supported the deployment of 17 new registries for new Internet TLDs, including .paris and .bzh, as well as .sncf, .ovh and .leclerc.


    In line with these developments, starting from December 1, 2014, Afnic will be expanding its technical consultancy and expertise offering.

    The offering now includes two components: support for the implementation and deployment of new registries on the one hand, and technical expertise in DNS and secure management of domain name portfolios on the other.


    Consultancy and Expertise by Afnic


    In the first category of services, Afnic teams can support a business, brand or local authority wishing to create their own Internet TLD, throughout all the phases of the implementation of a new registry, from upstream discussions to maintaining the registry after it has been launched. The support can cover either one of those aspects or the project as a whole.


    The second category of services is backed by the widely recognized technical knowledge of Afnic engineers. It is designed for registries, ISPs and businesses alike, and helps them implement or improve an operational infrastructure and deploy DNS, DNSSEC (secure DNS) and IPv6 protocols.


     "Afnic has over 15 years of experience in the Internet and domain name industry. We are putting that experience to the service of businesses and local authorities in line with our mission, which consists in helping French stakeholders play a leading role on the Internet", said Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic.



    8531 * (AFNIC) Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Welcome to Afnic, Secretary of State Lemaire! ]]> On November 6, Afnic, which manages Internet addresses in .fr, celebrated the inauguration of its new offices in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, in the greater urban area of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

    After 13 years at 2 rue Stephenson, since March 31 the Association has moved to new premises at... 1 rue Stephenson. A small step in space but a giant leap in size to meet the success of the .fr TLD (which has expanded from 300,000 .fr domain names in 2001 to nearly three million today) and the growing number of employees (from 35 in 2001 to 80 this year). The new premises also illustrate Afnic’s commitment to a sustainable development approach.

    Premises to discuss and share with all of our partners

    Mathieu Weill, CEO, reiterated the relevance of the user-driven, multi-stakeholder model of Afnic and its mission of public interest for openness and transparency. "From the outset, we wanted our offices not only to provide space in which to work but also to discuss and share with all of our partners."


    Mathieu Weill, CEO - Afnic

     Mathieu WEILL, CEO - Afnic


    The inauguration ceremony was attended by Axelle Lemaire, France’s Secretary of State for the Digital Economy and Dr. Steve Crocker, Internet pioneer and current President of ICANN, the organization responsible for names domain worldwide. Both praised Afnic’s work and its contribution to global governance of the Internet.


    The Internet governance

    Axelle Lemaire, French Secretary of State for Digital Economy

     Axelle LEMAIRE - France’s Secretary of State for the Digital Economy


    Axelle Lemaire said that "Internet governance had once again become a political issue in the noble sense of the term" and that it was now "a historic moment for the Internet, the age of multitude." For the Secretary of State for the Digital Economy, "it is out of the question for Europe to remain on the sidelines and not make its voice heard."


    In the presence of the Prefect for the Yvelines department, the festivities were also attended by Michel Laugier, Mayor of Montigny-le-Bretonneux and President of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines conurbation committee, and by its first vice-president, Jean-Michel Fourgous. Patrice Martin-Lalande, Deputy and co-chair of the "Internet and digital society" Study Group also came to welcome Afnic and its members, as well as 80 guests from the French digital ecosystem.


    Afnic - Inauguration ceremony - 6 Nov. 2014

    From left to right:

    Mathieu WEILL, CEO, Afnic - Dr. Steve CROCKER, President, ICANN - Axelle LEMAIRE, France - Emmanuel SARTORIUS, President, Afnic


    Digital Solidarity

    The inauguration was preceded by another highlight, a round table on "Digital Solidarity". Hosted by journalist Pascal Samama, it provided a platform for high-quality, stimulating talks by militant academic Jean Pouly, Dominique Burger from Braillenet, Benoît Genuini from Passerelles Numériques and Audrey-Jane Baldy from Emmaüs Connect.


    Further information



    8473 * (AFNIC) Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[ - The .fr TLD is backing digital France]]> Logo of the .fr campaign (2014)


    Launched on the Internet from 29 September onwards with an offbeat, fun style, the purpose of the campaign is to promote .fr among young people (15-25 age group) and entrepreneurs in start-ups, SOHOs, SMEs, self-employed, craftspeople and shopkeepers, and help their projects take off.

    The .fr, a trusted brand in digital France

    As a trusted benchmark brand, the .fr has a number of attractive advantages:

    •  86% of French people trust the .fr TLD (TNS Sofres 2012 Study);
    • the .fr user community: over 2.8 million domain names federate users around a signature that highlights closeness and symbolizes success and innovation;
    • ease of use at an attractive price: in just 3 clicks, users can have an .fr domain name for only a few euros a year;
    •  security and trust: the .fr respects the personal data of domain name holders and intellectual property.

    Succeeding with the .fr

    The web content management system for .fr was launched in Fall 2014 with the website and its Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube accounts. Each visitor to the site will find tips for choosing and booking a relevant domain name based on testimonials from entrepreneurs ("Selling on the Internet is based on trust", according to Guillaume Gibault of Le Slip Français). Users can also participate in a monthly competition for the best websites under the .fr TLD and follow the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) (e-reputation, creating a website for less than €500, etc.) designed for Internet beginners.



    The .fr TLD staff will also be present at the Paris Micro-Enterprise Trade Fair, from 30 September to 2 October 2014, to help visitors develop their Internet presence.

    The .fr takes to teens!

    Want a great internet CV, a web address that looks like you, to create a blog, or get a startup going? Teens have tons of projects! On, you have the benefit of free advice from .fr staff and free courses specially designed for you (digital identity and social networks, how to create your blog, etc.).


    About the .fr

    Backed by the assets of France, the .fr is a major Top-Level Domain with 2.8 million domain names in its portfolio. With its reliable infrastructure, the .fr is the trusted brand for a successful, digital France:


    The .fr TLD is steadily expanding,
    with an 8% growth in market share between 2007 and 2013.

    Number of .fr domain names between 2007 and 2013

    Other innovations are expected before the end of 2014 such as the ability to register an .fr domain name with 1 or 2 characters.

    About Afnic

    For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, "This campaign is unprecedented because it has the entire community of stakeholders taking action in favor of digital identity for young people and the expansion of French enterprise. For the first time, Afnic is coordinating the efforts of some 20 registrars to promote the .fr TLD and is making the Association’s communication resources available to its entire network."

    Afnic (the French Network Information Centre) is a government-appointed non-profit association whose assignment is to help development of the Internet in France. It has undertaken large-scale efforts in recent years to promote domain names under .fr , and to support the development of digital applications in France.

    Afnic has chosen to assert the assets of .fr as a leading digital identifier. By increasing the number of domain names under the .fr TLD and achieving economic success, Afnic is also reasserting its commitment to the French Internet community to help create an innovative digital space open to all. The "Succeed with .fr" campaign is designed to back entrepreneurial initiatives that are the hallmark of successful French business but also help young people gain control of their digital identity.


    Press room (press releases, iconography, media kit):

    Press Officer for the campaign: France Miremont / / +33 (0) 6 11 45 09 38

    Afnic Press Officer: Patricia Sergent / / +33 (0) 1 39 30 83 25

    8325 * (AFNIC) Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[The Internet Resilience Observatory in France publishes its report for 2013]]> The report by the Internet Resilience Observatory in France, written by the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI) in conjunction with Afnic, provides an annual analysis of the state of the French Internet through an in-depth study of the Border Gateway (BGP) and Domain Name System (DNS) protocols. The two protocols are responsible for almost all of the queries transmitted over the Internet.


    According to the findings of the study, the situation of the French Internet remains satisfactory. The 2013 study shows that a French Autonomous System (AS)[2] with two suppliers can contact the rest of the Internet in case of failure of any other AS. Regarding the DNS, the concentration of DNS hosts in France is very high, which is directly reflected in the results.


    Based on these results, the Observatory encourages Internet stakeholders in France to adopt the best practices accepted for BGP and DNS and has made the following recommendations:

    •  deploy IPv6 to anticipate future operational problems and facilitate the build-up in skills
    • evenly distribute the authoritative DNS servers to improve the robustness of the infrastructure,
    • deploy the DNSSEC secured protocol to fight against cache pollution attacks,
    • systematically declare route objects, and keep them up to date in order to facilitate the detection and filtering of illegitimate BGP announcements,
    • use RPKI (Resource Public Key Infrastructure) certification and declare ROAs (Route Origin Authorizations),
    • apply good BGP[3] practices in interconnections between operators.

    ANSSI encourages Internet stakeholders to adopt these recommendations and fully implement them at the earliest.


    Report 2013 - The Internet Resilience Observatory in France - ANSSI -Afnic

    [1] The BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) is used to carry data using routing advertisements. The DNS (Domain Name System) provides the correspondence between a domain name and an IP address.

    [2] An Autonomous System (AS) is a network or a set of computer networks integrated with the Internet and managed by a single entity (Internet access provider, host, business, or administration).

    [3] Read: (ANSSI 2013).


    About ANSSI: For further information about ANSSI and its assignments, please visit:
    Press contact: +33 (0)1 71 75 84 04 – communication [at]

    About Afnic: For further information about AFNIC, please visit:
    Press contact: +33 (0)1 39 30 83 25 – presse [at]



    9516 * (AFNIC) Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[The .bzh GeoTLD is On-Line! ]]> Logo de la Région BretagneLogo du .bzhLogo de l'Afnic

    After ten years of work, the .bzh GeoTLD is now on-line. Brittany has thus become the first French region to have its own GeoTLD. The association as backers of the project, and the Regional Council, which has supported the initiative from the start, described the various stages of its deployment in a press conference on Thursday 26 June.

    A long-term project launched in 2004

    After drafting the application file, raising the necessary funds to submit it to ICANN[1] and meeting all the legal and technical requirements, the association obtained the agreement for the deployment of the .bzh GeoTLD from the international regulatory authority for the Internet in May 2013. But the project was only finally realized in February 2014, with the signing of the registry agreement between ICANN and the association chaired by David Lesvenan, now in charge of the registry managing the GeoTLD for Brittany.

    After four months of tests with Afnic[2] to validate the ability of the technical platform of the .bzh GeoTLD to integrate the internet root zone, the first two addresses have been activated: that of association ("pik" means "dot" in Breton) and that of the Brittany Regional Council,

    Pioneer partner sites will be displayed during the summer with Afnic support. The marketing of domain names under the .bzh GeoTLD will follow in September. The first phase will be reserved for holders of trademark registered with the French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), followed by a second phase in November, when purchasing will be reserved for local authorities, associations and other economic stakeholders in the region.

    Have a .bzh email address for Christmas

    In December, the .bzh GeoTLD will be available to the general public, including individuals wishing to purchase their domain names from accredited registrars, whether to host their personal website, their blog, or simply use it for their email address (,, etc.). Sales will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will also be required to prove the existence of a geographical or cultural link with Brittany. To date, 30,000 pre-registrations have been identified.

    Applicants interested in acquiring a domain name are invited to make themselves known in order to be informed of the opening phases of domain name sales on the website of the association. People born in Brittany or fans of the region are also invited to try to win their .bzh e-mail address on


    David Lesvenan, President of the association which has backed the project: "This is a very important moment and the culmination of years of effort for all of our association’s members who have worked pro bono for the project right from the start.  We should also like to thank all the individual and collective backers who have enabled us to realize the project, including the Brittany Regional Council, which has provided constant support. The activation of the .bzh in the Internet root zone now provides regional stakeholders, people born in Brittany and fans of Brittany everywhere with an opportunity to promote a modern cultural image for the region by displaying their website or email address with the .bzh GeoTLD. The 30,000 pre-registrations already identified mean we can expect immediate success."

    Pierrick Massiot, President of the Brittany Regional Council: "Brittany is the first French region to have its own internet GeoTLD and to assert a digital identity, by definition, open to the world. It is also a striking symbol of our ability to take collective action to back innovative projects at national and international levels. The Brittany Regional Council, which has been involved in the project for many years, will now invest in the new namespace by activating websites with the .bzh GeoTLD".

    For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, "The registration of the first domain names with the .bzh GeoTLD is the material result of an ambitious project that we have been glad to help. For Internet users, the new namespace represents a novel means of communicating about innovation and asserting the cultural and economic assets of an entire region. For all the stakeholders involved, the coming months will provide us with an opportunity to measure the scope and scale of projects that use the .bzh GeoTLD as their banner."

    A project backed by the Brittany Regional Council since 2006

    The Regional Council has actively and proactively backed the .bzh GeoTLD project from the unanimous vote in its favor by the Assembly in 2006. Support has included funding the feasibility study in 2007, the formation of an association for stakeholders in 2008, funding of the application fee (EUR 140,000) filed with ICANN in 2012, annual operating grants for the association, and a repayable advance of 250,000 euros in April 2013 to allow the effective launch of the GeoTLD in 2014.


    [1] ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is the global authority for regulation of the Internet, based in California.

    [2] Afnic, the French acronym for the French Network Information Centre (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération) is the national manager for the .fr TLD and the technical partner for the Breton regional GeoTLD.

    Press contacts:

    Brittany Regional Council – Odile BRULEY ( +33 (0) or

    Association  - Elodie CLOAREC ( +33 (0) or

    Afnic – Stéphanie PASQUET et Patricia SERGENT ( +33 (0) / 25 or



    8008 * (AFNIC) Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Dot Award 2014: Wins 3rd Prize in the Best Content Category]]>  

    The 4th edition of the Dot Award contest – open to students or groups of students who have designed their website – was marked by the participation of more than a hundred entries from France, Lithuania, El Salvador, Portugal and various regions in which the Catalan language is spoken. An international jury chose the winners from among the websites selected after the first phase of the contest held in each country or region taking part. Three prizes were awarded in each category: Best Content, Best Design and Best Use of ICT tools. A French website,, won the 3rd prize in the "Best Content" category.


     3rd prize in the "Best Content" Category attributed to


    The 3rd prize in the "Best Content" category was awarded to, a website designed and developed by six students aged 20-26 years old. Launched in September 2013, the site was created as part of an academic project, proposed by the IT department of the Bordeaux 1 Technological University Institute (IUT), as part of the students’ training course in computer technology and project management.

    The purpose of is to identify the various Twitter accounts concerning the city of Bordeaux posted by registered site users, the accounts then being submitted for approval by visitors. A genuinely collaborative tool, the site also ranks the Twitter accounts by category, from outings to sports activities, business, companies, technology, movies, fashion or employment.

    Opting for the .fr TLD as its domain name was the obvious choice for a site that lists the Twitter accounts of one of the largest cities in France.

    To find out more


    Check out the winners of the second phase of the Dot Award contest

    Check out the French sites selected for the second phase of the contest





    8145 * (AFNIC) Mon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic welcomes the success of NETmundial]]>


    It ended with the adoption of the "São Paulo Multi-stakeholder Statement".

    Afnic welcomes the positive outcome of the conference. It was represented locally by Mathieu Weill, Afnic CEO, representing the technical community in the high-level multi-stakeholder committee, which was responsible in particular for approving the final document.


    At the end of the conference, Mathieu Weill said: "NETmundial has enabled recognition in international discussions on Internet governance of the importance of issues such as mass surveillance of communications, net neutrality and respect for human rights. All of these issues are critical to the future of the Internet, both from the economic point of view and the citizens’ perspective."


    NETmundial brought together some 1,200 delegates from nearly 100 countries worldwide, including governments, civil society, businesses, academics and representatives of the technical community. Some thirty ministers also accepted the invitation of the President of Brazil, Ms Dilma Rousseff.


    AFNIC welcomes the extraordinary quality of the reception by the Brazilian organizers, the transparency of the work at the conference and the constructive involvement of all the stakeholders.


    It will report on the discussions during NETmundial at its next Consultative Committee meeting devoted to the issues of Internet governance on May 26 and will keep the community informed of developments in these discussions in the international fora in which it participates.


    To find out more on NETmundial:


    7855 * (AFNIC) Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[New TLDs: the first Afnic customers are now in the root zone]]> The result of a process that began as early as 2008 by the French registers for new TLDs that have put their trust in Afnic, delegation may be considered as the official birth of a new TLD on the Internet. This step, carried out by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), is formalized by the declaration of the new top-level domain on the global reference servers, after passing several demanding technical tests. Registered on April 18, 2014, the .frogans and .paris nTLDs are now in the root zone and their activation is the starting point for new promotion and marketing deadlines in the coming months.


    For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic:

    "I should first of all like to thank our customers for the trust they have placed in us in carrying their innovation projects. These new TLDs will provide users with new possibilities for marketing their products and services and the emergence of new uses, reflecting the relevance of domain names in the construction of a reliable, sustainable online identity."


    For Amaury Grimbert, President of the Board of directors of the OP3FT:

    "The OP3FT is delighted to have chosen Afnic's services for the implementation of the .frogans gTLD. The aim of the .frogans gTLD is to secure the deployment of a new software layer on the Internet: the Frogans layer. This layer represents a new step in the development of the Internet. It will allow the publication of Frogans sites. The Frogans layer will function in parallel with the existing software layers that are the World Wide Web and E-mail. We are pleased to be able to benefit from Afnic's technical expertise and renowned operational experience on the Internet for the success of this great project conceived in France."


    For Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness:

    "Since 2008, Paris City Hall has been developing the .paris TLD project in a constructive and participatory approach with its partners Afnic and CORE. I am very pleased that this new namespace is now a technical reality and will very soon be in use, with the forthcoming activation of the 100 pioneers, and the opening to the public in the coming months. The project will enable a new visibility for Internet users and stakeholders in Paris and the development of new online services."

    To find out more:

    7842 * (AFNIC) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[2014 Dot Award Contest highlights the best sites under the .fr TLD]]>

    Open to any individual or group of pupils or students with a website under the .fr TLD, the 2014 Dot Award contest is organized by Afnic (the Registry for the .fr TLD), in partnership with the FundatiópuntCat – the Registry for the .cat TLD (Catalonia) and various international counterparts.

    The objective of the contest is to encourage academic and educational projects on web sites, to get young people involved in the Internet as producers and not simply as consumers of the web, and to develop content as well as technical skills.

    The use of programming as a new mode of expression is one of the specifics of the 2014 contest. For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic,

    "First of all, I should like to congratulate all the participants, who illustrated the superb scope of their talent, and their mastery of the Web. I also should like to thank them for choosing the .fr TLD for their projects. The staff at Afnic join me in wishing the winners the best of luck for the rest of the contest."   

    The various prizes awarded are as follows:


    • The first prize in the Best Design category under the .fr TLD to


    The website won the 1st prize in the "Best Design" category. Aged 23, Maxime B'chir is a 4th year student at the Lorraine Fine Arts School in Metz, majoring in communication. Maxime is passionately interested in various art forms, illustrated by the overlays, inserts, collage and programming he simultaneously uses on his website. He was not satisfied with his first site, created a year ago, which was too heavy, too overloaded. He chose to update it with a sleeker, more minimalistic style, using new graphics and a new programming process – and opted for the .fr TLD to inform visitors of his site about his location. And to assess the level of his programming skills – after his studies, he would like to have a job related to programming, such as a web designer – he decided to take part in the "Dot Award" contest. 

    The 2nd prize in the Best Design category was awarded to


    • The first prize in the Best ITC category under the .fr TLD was awarded to


    The first prize in the Best ITC category was awarded to Created and developed among others by Iliyas Jorio, 22, the site was created as part of a tutored project in the sophomore year of the IT University Technology Diploma (DUT) at the Nancy-Charlemagne Technological University Institute (University of Lorraine). Intended for first-year students, who are often beginners in programming, the purpose of this site is to test online the algorithm courses provided during lectures. Designed as a teaching tool, is a genuine compiler of algorithmic language. And to raise awareness about the site, still in its embryonic stage, among French schools and institutions, Iliyas Jorio decided to take part in the "Dot Award" contest.  The choice of an .fr TLD for the website’s Internet address formed part of the approach, since the target educational institutions are located everywhere in France.

    The 2nd prize in the Best ITC category was awarded to


    Given the low number of entries, the jury was unable to award a prize for the Best Content category under the .fr TLD.

    To find out more:

    -       Check out the winners of the 2013 Dot Awards



    7804 * (AFNIC) Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Afnic Re-Organization Effective as of March 31, 2014]]>  

    Effective as of March 31, 2014, the new organization of Afnic will support and develop multi-registry activity against an increasingly competitive background.

    For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, "Nearly two hundred new Internet TLDs have now been launched, and Afnic is a major player in this change in France. While bolstering our commitment to the French Internet community, our new organization reflects our own transformation to support the .fr TLD, the TLDs of the French Overseas territories, and customers who have committed to the new namespaces."


    With these objectives in mind, the new organization will be based on 6 departments:

    • The Finance and Administration Department, headed by Pascale Gatti

    A graduate of the Institute of Business Administration (IAE) in Paris, Pascale Gatti is specialized in the administrative and financial management of organizations working in the services sector. ascale has worked at Cap Gemini in particular, where she held various positions including that of Chief Financial Officer and Business Controller. She was also Associate Director of Acceliance Consulting SA. Pascale Gatti has held various positions, including Chief Financial Officer, consultant for Syntec Numérique, Harris Consulting and Telintrans before joining Afnic.  

    • The Sales Department, headed by Emilie Turbat

    A graduate of Bordeaux Business School (ESC), Emilie Turbat joined Afnic early in 2009 as a Customer Service Manager, providing support for customers of the .fr Registry in implementing solutions and ensuring continuous improvement in customer satisfaction. Before joining Afnic, she was in charge of Customer Services in the telecom and e-commerce sectors, as well as international companies in new technologies.

    • The Excellence and Safety department, headed by Sylvie Lacep

    Sylvie Lacep joined Afnic in March 2002 as an engineer and has held several positions of responsibility since, allowing her to contribute to all the projects involving the development of registry services. In 2008, Sylvie was appointed Assistant Manager for Registry Operations and was entrusted with steering the Afnic Quality initiative by the CEO. In January 2011, following on from the Quality project, she was appointed Head of the Afnic continuous improvement initiative.

    • The Information Systems department, headed by Régis Massé

    After graduating as an engineer from the Computer Science and Information Technology School (EPITA) specializing in Cognitive Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, Régis Massé worked for nearly ten years at IB, a subsidiary of Cegos, occupying the posts of consultant trainer, then Head of Information Systems. He joined Afnic in 2008 as Head of Design and Development before being appointed Head of Infrastructure and Technology in 2011. He now replaces Philippe Renaut – the current Director of Information Systems – who is leaving the .fr Registry as part of his career development.

    • The Marketing Department, headed by Matthew Crédou

    A graduate of the Political Studies Institute in Rennes, Crédou Matthew began his career in Asia with the LVMH group. After returning to Brittany, he took part in the launch of the .bzh gTLD project before becoming the first chair of the association in 2008 and its project manager from 2009 onwards. He joined Afnic in 2011 as Sales Manager and has been involved in implementing the new gTLD offer and the development of new products and services.

    • Finally, Pierre Bonis, the current Deputy CEO, takes charge of support functions related to the life of the Afnic association in the Communications Department and the Legal, Abusive Use and Litigation Department.

    After graduating in modern literature from the University of Paris 3 and in philosophy from the University of Paris 1, Peter Bonis began his career as head of ICT cooperation at the French Embassy in Nigeria. ICT Bureau Chief at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2008, he then joined Afnic as the head of partnerships and new products. In 2009, he joined the cabinet of Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State for the development of the digital economy, as international advisor for content and innovation. He was her deputy chief of staff at the Ministry of Sustainable Development. In 2012, he rejoined Afnic as Deputy CEO.


    For information, Afnic today represents:

    • 80 employees
    • A turnover of 13.4 million euros;
    • 2.7 million .fr domain names
    • Support for the opening of 17 new gTLDs
    • A head office located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.


    For further information about the AFNIC team

    For further information about our job opportunities





    7758 * (AFNIC) Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Internet Technical Governance: Afnic Rallies the French Community]]>  

    On Friday, March 14, 2014, Afnic took note of the U.S. government's decision to begin the transition process leading to the transfer of its responsibilities in terms of supervision of the Internet root zone.

    The decision has prompted a period of consultations and discussions worldwide, and according to the terms of the U.S. administration, ICANN is now in charge of coordinating the discussions, and of cosntructing an alternative to the supervision of the U.S. government over the domain name system.

    Afnic intends to be an active participant in these discussions and, in line with its commitments with respect to the French Internet community, to ensure that the opinions of French Internet users be known and heard.

    Following on from the recent success of the first French forum on Internet Governance held in the premises of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), Afnic will continue to encourage the entire ecosystem to defend a technical governance of the Internet which respects the principles of security, stability, openness, and participation of all the stakeholders.

    "The transfer of the supervision of the Internet root zone by the Government of the United States represents a welcome change, and a major challenge for the Internet technical community. The forthcoming discussions will be of prime importance. French Internet users will have their say, whether in the private sector or civil society, and Afnic will be happy to serve as their spokesperson, in particular with respect to ICANN,” stated Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic.


    After the ICANN meeting in Singapore, which will be held from 23 to 27 March, Afnic will convene its consultative committees for a series of extraordinary meetings to report on the discussions and seek the opinions of the French Internet community.

    Given the exceptional nature of the circumstances, these committee meetings, which are normally accessible only to Afnic members, will be open to stakeholders in general. The arrangements for participation will be communicated in the coming weeks on the Afnic website.


    See our analysis paper on this issue




    7699 * (AFNIC) Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Dot Award 2014 Contest - Enter your site with the .fr TLD and win a tablet!]]>


    Open to any individual or group of pupils or students* with a website under the .fr TLD, the Dot Award 2014 contest is organized by Afnic (the Registry for the .fr TLD), in partnership with the FundatiópuntCat – the Registry for the .cat TLD (Catalonia) and various international counterparts.


    For Afnic, the contest has a number of objectives:

    • Encourage school and educational projects involving websites;
    • Involve young people in the Internet as publishers and not merely as users;
    • Develop the value of content as well as technical skills.


    To do so, the organizers will reward the best projects with gifts such as tablets but also vouchers worth 750 euros!


    Why it’s worth taking part

    For Baptise Thevelin, representing and winner of the 1st Prize in the Dot Award 2013 contest in the "best content category" 

    "Our participation and success in the Dot Award contest gave us a certain degree of credibility at the national level, resulting in a large number of new contacts and partners.  Afterwards, we were contacted by a wide range of media to present our editorial project, which was given much greater credibility after being backed by this European prize. The Dot Award contest allowed us to develop the Maze magazine application on mobiles and tablets as well as allow our editors to cover cultural news in greater depth.”

    For Jean-Charles Deglesne, representing and winner of the 1st Prize in the Dot Award 2013 contest in the "best design category"

    "As the winner of the first prize in the best design category of the 2013 edition, the Dot Award contest gave our website greater visibility after being relayed by the local media, who still keep close tabs on our career."


    The different stages of the contest

    The Dot Award 2014 contest takes place in two stages:

    • During the first stage – from December 3, 2013 to March 14, 2014 – Afnic receives the entries from French pupils and students in three different categories:  Design, Content and Information Technology. For each category, the Afnic jury awards 3 prizes in accordance with the contest rules and regulations, or a total of 9 prizes.                                                                                                                                                             In each of the 3 categories, a tablet is up for grabs as well as vouchers worth 70 and 50 euros!
    • After this first stage, the 9 French winners are entered for the second stage of the contest, between all the winners from the various countries involved. The Fundació puntCAT, the Registry for domain names with the .cat TLD, receives the winning entries from each organizer in the Dot Award 2014 contest. The entries will each compete in their original category, namely Design, Content and Information Technology.             The best sites in each category win prizes - ranging between 750 and 350 euros - awarded in May 2014!


    To find out more:                          

    -        Enter for the first stage of the contest









    7481 * (AFNIC) Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Securing Internet communications end-to-end with the DANE protocol]]>  


    High-profile attacks in recent years targeting the X.509 Public Key Infrastructure (PKIX) used for securing Internet communication have underlined the urgency of the need for technology capable of plugging the security hole in the PKIX ecosystem. It is against this background that the IETF has developed the DANE protocol, based on the DNS. Entitled "Securing Internet communications end-to-end with DANE", the 12th issue paper published by Afnic explains what DANE is and how this protocol can provide the necessary confidence in the last mile infrastructure by using DNSSEC.


    In a dozen pages with graphics, the document:

    • discusses the conditions that created the need for technology such as DANE;
    • presents the solution used to deploy an end-to-end security mechanism for the Internet;
    • addresses the various features of DANE;


    Download the issue paper "Securing Internet communications end-to-end with the DANE protocol"


    Find out more about Afnic's other issue papers


    7451 * (AFNIC) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Strategic Plan to Promote DNSSEC Launched by Afnic]]>


    DNSSEC, a protocol that improves the security of DNS against different types of attacks seeking to divert traffic from websites, was made available to the .fr TLD by Afnic in September 2010. Backed by its expertise and as part of its task as the registry for the .fr ccTLD, Afnic wants to encourage innovation in the .fr namespace and further strengthen the security of the Internet Infrastructure in France. With this aim in mind, the registry has decided to undertake a major campaign to promote DNSSEC for the key stakeholders in DNS resolution.


    The strategic plan is based on several action levers, the initial initiatives being as follows:

    • Special DNSSEC training, in partnership with HSC for those involved in DNS hosting in France;
    • A financial incentive scheme. Until 31 December 2013, Afnic is offering its accredited registrars a 10% discount on the price of creation and keep options for DNSSEC signed domain names under the .fr TLD.

    For Mathieu Weill, CEO of AFNIC "By allocating human and financial resources to the promotion of DNSSEC among our registrars, we are illustrating our support for French stakeholders in putting the .fr ccTLD on the leading edge in security."


    7526 * (AFNIC) Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Afnic joins the Transition Numérique Plus Association ]]>


    Fully integrated into the French government’s "Digital Transition" program, which was launched on November 13, 2012 by the Ministry for Industrial Recovery and the General Directorate for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS), the Association Transition Numérique Plus (ATN+) now includes Afnic among its members. The purpose of ATN+ is to help VSEs and SMEs adopt new digital applications and integrate the technologies involved to improve their competitiveness. To do so, "Transition Numérique Plus" will be backed by regional Digital Consultants.


    With this partnership, Afnic pursues its commitment to the digital transition of VSEs / SMEs.

    • For Mathieu Weill, CEO of AFNIC "The purpose of Afnic is to help French market players, VSEs and SMEs in particular, play a leading role in the digital economy. The .fr TLD is a great means of serving that purpose, because it is the hallmark of the Internet "made in France". We are convinced that Transition Numérique Plus will give a new impetus to the presence of our country’s companies on the Internet, and are delighted to be part of such an excellent initiative."
    • Laurent Pontegnier, CEO of ATN+, stresses the importance of having Afnic as one of the association’s members. "As a key player on the Internet, with values similar to those of our association, we welcome the presence of Afnic within ATN+. It also confirms the interest of VSEs / SMEs in the digital transition. Our work together will be worthwhile and productive."


    To find out more about ATN+:

    The French Government’s "Digital Transition" program aims to help VSEs and SMEs appropriate new digital applications and integrate the technologies involved to improve their competitiveness. As an initiative of the Ministry of Productive Recovery and the General Directorate for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS), the Transition Numérique Plus Association includes the partners in the Government’s "Digital Transition" program. Mainly consisting of IT companies and institutional partners, the association brings together the market players most concerned by the digital transition of VSEs / SMEs. The objective is to assist these companies in learning how to use digital applications through a network of 500 digital consultants installed at the local level (Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chambers of Trades and Crafts, Deposit and Consignment Offices, etc.).



    7287 * (AFNIC) Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Be one of the First Domain Names to Use the .paris gTLD ]]>  

    Two calls for proposals have been launched to select the first 100 domain names to use the .paris gTLD. Applicants are invited to register on to be among the first 100 to use the .paris gTLD for their website. The calls for proposals represent a unique opportunity for applicants to benefit in advance from the brand image and goodwill represented by the new namespace for the .paris gTLD.


    •  The first call for proposals will allow applicants to have a domain name corresponding to their business or brand, with conditions appropriate to their status (major corporations, institutions, SMEs, startups, association, blogger, etc.). As well as gaining an exclusive domain name and high visibility, these pioneers will become ambassadors for the .paris gTLD and participate with Paris City Hall in building up recognition for the new namespace.
    • The 2nd call for proposals will allow candidates to introduce new intuitive and innovative services using domain names with the .paris gTLD, such as or


    Applicants have until December 16, 2013 to file their domain name application, which will then be assessed according to various criteria.  The first domain names with the .paris gTLD are scheduled go live in the second half of 2014.


    The .paris gTLD is one of the 17 gTLD projects backed by Afnic as the technical registry operator.


    To apply for one of the first domain names with the .paris gTLD

    To read the press release from Paris City Hall



    7260 * (AFNIC) Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Dot Award 2013 - European winners for Best Web Sites Revealed]]>  

    The third edition of the Dot Award received entries from France, Belgium, and the Catalan-speaking areas. From the best sites an International Jury selected the winners and awarded prices for the Best Content, the Best Design and the Best use of ICT tools.

    The winners


    Best content  : two websites got the Best Content Award

    Sixty volunteer editors provide content free of charge and updated monthly, related to news, cinema, fashion, music, literature, art, and video games. The website – which claims 20,000 unique visitors each month – has no particular political policy: all of the editors can freely express their own opinions.The jury rewarded this website with the best content award because of the good, original, and well-organized content.


    Every August 14th in Manlleu (Barcelona) they celebrate a traditional festival, “El Serpent”. Five young students from the INS Antoni Pous i Argila in Manlleu have designed this website to explain their festival and try to interest people in participating.The jury appreciated the pictures, the amount of information provided, and the personal touch from the students.




    Best Design :

    A website made by 21- to 22-year-old students devoted to the technical, social, and creative influence of the Lyon silk industry over the last 5 centuries.The jury commented on its good design and artistic feel. A good website to promote the museum of the city of Lyon


    Best Use of Tools :

    This website, made for K-poppers by two 11- to 15-year-old Catalan students, gives a lot of information about various Korean singers and groups. Jury members took into account the youth of the students, the competent use of their chosen tools, and the abundance of pictures and music that make this site very attractive;



    Special mention :

    Three students from the IES Sòl de Riu from Alcanar have built a very thorough website about history, culture, cuisine, and the latest news from each of the different towns of the Montsià region, in the south of Catalonia.The jury members decided to give this website an special mention because of its good navigation, architecture, and integration, and its very good content.




    Dot Award wants to thank the members of its jury

    Competition website:





    Named after the first CEO of imec - Roger Van Overstraeten, the RVO-Society promotes technology in education. The Roger Van Overstraeten Society develops educational material on modern scientific and technological developments. Each project follows the latest educational and pedagogical insights.






    Afnic (French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération") is the manager of the registry of domain names in the following geographical areas: .fr (France), .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte).

    In an Order published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on 28th June 2012, Ms Fleur Pellerin, Junior Minister for the Digital Economy, appointed Afnic as the registry for the .fr TLD for a new five-year term.

    Since its inception in 1998, Afnic's objective has been to help the development of an Internet that is secure and stable, open to innovation, and in which the French Internet community plays a key role.

    To do so, its assignments are to excel in providing resilient essential services in the Internet’s core infrastructure in France, develop and share its expertise in order to facilitate transition to the Future Internet.




    Fundació puntCAT

    The Fundació puntCAT is a private, non-profit, and non-political entity. It was founded on 28th December 2004. It was born out of civic society; its objective is to manage the .cat domain and help to develop the Information Society in Catalan-speaking areas.





    The  .cat domain, specific to the Catalan-speaking community, also participates in the Dot Award contest  from their local competition Webs al punt .cat, open to students from secondary schools from the Catalan-speaking area (Andorra, Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Southern France, the Valencian country, and the Italian city of Alghero). The organizers of the competition, the .cat registry, consider that nowadays when technology moves so quickly, to be up to date with the latest findings is vital. The Internet is the tool of the present and the future, we can reach the world from our desks and let the rest of the world know what we think as well as learning from others.

    The best websites from Webs al punt .cat will represent the .cat domain in the Dot Award, showing the children from the Catalan-speaking area how they can reach the whole world through the Internet.

    The project is sponsored with domain names and web space for the participants by Dinahosting and Cdmon.




    CENTR is the European ccTLD organisation. CENTR brings together the managers of the national Internet domains such as .uk in the United Kingdom, .be in Belgium, and .fr in France. CENTR’s members together are responsible for more than 63 million domain names or roughly 80% of all ccTLDs worldwide.

    More on CENTR at




    6925 * (AFNIC) Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Dot Award 2013 - French Representatives for Best Web Sites Revealed]]>  

    Organized by FundatiópuntCat – the registry for the .cat TLD (Catalonia) – with the support of Afnic, the Dot Award 2013 contest is open to any student or group of students – whether in secondary school, high school or at university – studying in the same institution. The objective of the contest is to encourage academic and educational projects on web sites, to get young people involved in the Internet as producers and not simply as consumers of the web, and to develop content as well as technical skills. 

    "First of all, I should like to congratulate all the participants, who illustrated the superb scope of talent of young people in France, and their mastery of the Web. I also should like to thank them for choosing the .fr TLD for their projects. On behalf of all the staff at Afnic, we wish the winners the best of luck for the next phase in the contest," said Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic.

    For the first phase of the contest, Afnic, the registry for the .fr TLD, a key player in the Internet in France and a major supporter of digital innovation, nominated the following: 

    Best Design Category under the .fr TLD

    The award for Best Design under the .fr TLD was awarded to, a website devoted to the technical, social and creative influence of the Lyon silk industry over the last 5 centuries. Two students in Lyon, Jean-Charles Deglesne and Sixtine Varenne, are behind the overhaul of the website – the first version was launched 7 years ago – carried out as part of their research project at the Communication Institute (ICOM) of Lyon 2 University. For five months, the two students worked around the clock to give a new look, with a restyled visual identity, and an updated corporate design. Black has been adopted to make the site more modern and pink to give it energy and youth. Finally, the Internet address has been filed under the .fr TLD to inform visitors of the geographical location of this industrial gem in Lyon.

  for the 2nd prize in the Best Design category for 3rd prize in the Best Design category

    Best Content Category under the .fr TLD

    The prize for the best content was awarded to Created in Cherbourg in September 2011 by Baptiste Thevelein and Quentin Tenaud, is a website by young people for young people. Sixty volunteer editors provide content free of charge and updated each month, related to news, cinema, fashion, music, literature, art or video games. The website – which claims 20,000 unique visitors each month – has no hardline political policy: all of the editors can freely express their own opinions. The choice of the .fr TLD for its internet address logically fits in with the national dynamic, as the editors and readers of the site are spread throughout mainland France and its overseas territories. Finally, the "flagship" objective for is to develop an app for smartphones and tablets. So stay tuned.

   for the 2nd prize in the Best Content Category for the 3rd prize in the Best  Content Category

    It is worth noting that for the Best Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) category under the .fr TLD, given the low number of entries, the jury was unable to award a prize. However, the jury acknowledged the work done by viedechatô.fr designed and developed by Christopher Pfeifer, and his efforts to use collaborative tools in particular.


    To find out more:

    Visit the Dot Award website for the second leg of the contest




    6848 * (AFNIC) Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[Photo highlights and summary of the ICANN / Afnic meeting ]]>


    For his first visit to France and Paris as the CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé chose to come to meet the French domain name community. Proposed by Afnic, a key player in French domain names and in the presence of its CEO Mathieu Weill, as well as Sébastien Bachollet, a member of the ICANN Executive Committee behind the meeting, the afternoon was attended by some forty participants.

    For nearly three hours, Fadi Chrhadé discussed various issues with key players in the French Internet sector (registrars, Internet access providers, specialized lawyers), as well as with government officials. Afnic’s purpose in the initiative was to carry out its assignment as a facilitator for the French Internet community.


    The meeting also enabled the ICANN CEO to:

    • announce the reorganization of the operational functions of ICANN into three hubs, located in Los Angeles, Singapore and Istanbul;
    • confirm that the new extensions – such as .bzh or .paris for which Afnic is the technical operator – should be launched from mid-2013;
    •  indicate his vision of Internet governance, for which he envisages a development in the role of the U.S. government;
    •  and call on France, as a friend of the United States, to take its rightful place in that development.

    See the pictures of the meeting on Facebook and Google+


    6740 * (AFNIC) Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[The Internet of Things - GS1 France & Afnic major contributors to the ONS 2.0]]>

    The ONS 2.0 standard, the result of a partnership initiated in 2008 between GS1 France and Afnic, is now available to users. The publication of the standard provides new opportunities for companies that develop services for connecting objects to the Internet.

    GS1 France and Afnic have played a leading role in the development of this new version of the standard (also called "a federated ONS"*), which was ratified and published in December 2012. On the one hand, the international standardization group for ONS 2.0 was co-chaired by GS1 France, and on the other, Afnic was the editor of the compliance specification and played an active role in prototype testing.

    The respective expertise of each organization has therefore enabled the design of interoperable industrial information systems and innovative services based on the Internet of Things (IoT).

    The French WINGS consortium, a driving force in the standardization work for the Object Name Service

    The partnership between GS1 France and Afnic has expanded to include several major players in academic and industrial research – INRIA UPMC, GREYC and Orange Labs – enabling the set-up of a French consortium of research laboratories. Between 2009 and 2012, the consortium headed the WINGS project, backed by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Delegation on the Uses of the Internet (DUI). The work on the WINGS project had goals closely related to the validation of a new "federated" ONS architecture that would be both efficient and sustainable, and help develop a new ONS 2.0 standard on the basis of the results of the experimental work.

    Next step: supporting the industrial deployment and use of the ONS

    With the publication of the standard, GS1 France and Afnic wish to continue their efforts to support the IoT ecosystem in adopting the Object Name Service. The ONS will help the emergence of a new generation of services for use by consumers and companies alike, such as identifying the origin and nature of products, determining the traceability of objects in real time, combating counterfeiting, or organizing the recall of products...


    For Bernard Benhamou, Delegate for Internet Usage with the French Ministry of the Digital Economy and the French Ministry of Research:

    "The development of the "federated" ONS 2.0 standard by Afnic and GS1 is a crucial step in the development of the Internet of Things. The technology will no doubt become essential for new generations of services related to connected objects in France and Europe. We are pleased to have played a role in making the project possible, which will establish a European governance for the Internet of Things."


    * Decentralized architecture compliant with the principles of openness and interoperability of the Internet on a global scale.

    6703 * (AFNIC) Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Dot Award 2013 Contest – Win fame and fortune with the .re TLD!]]> Open to any person who has created a website under the  .re TLD, the Dot Award 2013 contest is organized by the Fundació puntCAT – the Registry for the .cat TLD (Catalonia) – with the support of RVO-Society, CENTR, ARNES and Afnic.  It is open to any student or group of students – secondary school, high school or university students – from the same school domiciled in the territory of the European Union as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Various prizes – worth up to 750 euros – will be awarded to the best sites with .re TLD  taking part in the contest.

    The different stages of the contest

    The Dot Award 2013 contest takes place in two stages:

    • During the first stage – from December 18, 2012 to March 14, 2013 – Afnic receives the entries for each extension in the three different categories:  Design, Content and Information Technology. For each category, the Afnicjury awards 5 prizes in accordance with the contest rules and regulations, or a total of 30 prizes.
    For each of the three categories, prizes of up 70 euros are up for grabs!
    • After this first stage, the 30 winning entries enter the second stage of the competition: the winning entries from each European organizer are accepted for the Dot Award 2013 contest by the Fundació puntCAT. Each entry will therefore compete in its original category of Design, Content and Information Technology.
    The best websites in each category will win prizes worth € 750, awarded in May 2013

    To find out more


    6635 * (AFNIC) Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Dot Award 2013 Contest – Win fame and fortune with the .fr TLD!]]>  

    Open to any person who has created a website under the .fr  TLD, the Dot Award 2013 contest is organized by the Fundació puntCAT – the Registry for the .cat TLD (Catalonia) – with the support of RVO-Society,  CENTR, ARNES and Afnic.  It is open to any student or group of students – secondary school, high school or university students – from the same school domiciled in the territory of the European Union as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Various prizes – worth up to 750 euros – will be awarded to the best sites with the .fr  taking part in the contest.


    The different stages of the contest

    The Dot Award 2013 contest takes place in two stages:

    • During the first stage – from December 18, 2012 to March 14, 2013 – Afnic receives the entries for .fr  in the three different categories:  Design, Content and Information Technology. The Afnic jury awards 5 prizes in accordance with the contest rules and regulations, or a total of 15 prizes.

    For each of the three categories, prizes of up 70 euros are up for grabs!

    • After this first stage, the 15 winning entries enter the second stage of the competition: the winning entries from each European organizer are accepted for the Dot Award 2013 contest by the Fundació puntCAT. Each entry will therefore compete in its original category of Design, Content and Information Technology.

    The best websites in each category will win prizes worth € 750, awarded in May 2013.


    To find out more:

    6633 * (AFNIC) Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[A new milestone: 2.5 million domain names for the .fr TLD ]]>  

    An annual growth rate of 16% for the .fr TLD


    With 2.5 million domain names, in September 2012 the .fr TLD had a 34.1% market share in France, an increase of almost 2 points year on year. The publication in November 2012 by the Council of European National Top-level-domain Registries – CentR – confirmed that momentum and ranked the .fr extension among the top 5 most increasing ccTLDs with a growth rate of +16% over the past year.

    For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic "That dynamic is due to the efforts undertaken by Afnic for several years to simplify our registration processes and keep as close as possible to the expectations of users such as M Antoine Cagnac  in its business plan"

 , holder of the 2.5 millionth .fr domain name


    Located in the town of Censerey (21),  Antoine Cagnac, dog breeder (between 40 and 60 puppies each year) has transformed a passion that begun in 1989 into a professional occupation in 2004. Today, he uses his website – -  to find, in all of Europe, new masters for his baby dogs. His .fr Internet address, registered with the registrar 1&1, allows him to inform his customers of his location. This is not his first shot, as he already registered other .fr and .com domain names in the past.


    DomainWire Stat Report:


    6476 * (AFNIC) Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[AFNIC continues as the registry for the .fr TLD]]>  



    In an Order published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on 28 June 2012, Ms Fleur Pellerin, Junior Minister for the Digital Economy, appointed Afnic as the registry for the .fr TLD for a new five-year term.


    The decision came after a call for applications issued on 22 March 2012, complying with the new legislative framework for domain names implemented in 2011


    "This decision honours and rewards the quality of the work performed by AFNIC teams, and above all vouches for our main responsibility, which is to provide a safe and stable service fostering the development of innovation and designed to meet the needs of all French stakeholders," said Jean-Pierre Dardayrol, Afnic  Chairman.


    Afnic would especially like to thank all those members of the community who endorsed the project through the many tokens of support it received, in particular on


    AFNIC commitments

    Afnic’s business plan included a number of commitments, of which the main duties were specified in the Agreement signed with the French government:


    •  A commitment to maintain competitive, cost-oriented rates. The prices for domain names with the .fr extension offered by AFNIC are already 20% lower than those for the .com and will decrease by at least 5% within the next two years;


    • In addition to its investments in security, the promotion of the .fr TLD and research & development, all of which have been renewed, AFNIC will donate the profits from the .fr TLD to a Support fund for the development of the Internet, with independent governance, which will fund research initiatives for the development of the Internet.


    • The reaffirmation of the importance of the .fr TLD as an essential infrastructure for the Internet in France. A specific protocol will be signed in this respect between AFNIC, ANSSI and the Ministry in order to reinforce the security of the .fr namespace.



    Learn about more Order published in the Officiel Journal of the French Republic




    6101 * (AFNIC) Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[16 gTLD applicants partner with AFNIC]]>  

    In June 2011, ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – officially approved the new gTLD program, receiving over 2,300 applications during the first quarter 2012.

    Afnic is fully committed in this program as a backend registry solution provider. 16 French gTLD applicants have selected Afnic’s registry solutions to run their TLD. With diverse mission and dimension, these projects, led by local public authorities, companies and associations, will contribute to the evolution of the Internet in France.



    In a very competitive market, these future gTLD registries picked Afnic’s expertise in registry management, including .fr, and its flexibility technical solutions to meet ICANN requirements.

    The Internet community now awaits the official publication of applications. The list of the new gTLD-to-be will be revealed on June 13th 2012.


    • Reveal day on June 13th 2012


    • First evaluation results in late 2012


    • Launch of the first new gTLD early 2013


    More info :



    6034 * (AFNIC) Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[AFNIC has filed its applications to manage the 11 French extensions]]>  AFNIC USB


    Following the publication in the Official Journal of the French Republic on 20 March of the calls for applications to manage the top-level extensions corresponding to France and its overseas territories, AFNIC officially applied to act as the registry for all the extensions included in the calls, namely:


    •      .fr for France;
    •      .bl for Saint-Barthélemy;
    •      .gf for French Guiana;
    •     .gp for Guadeloupe;
    •     .mf for Saint-Martin;
    •     .mq for Martinique;
    •     .pm for Saint-Pierre and Miquelon;
    •     .re for Reunion Island
    •      .tf for the French Southern and Antarctic Territories;
    •      .wf for Wallis and Futuna;
    •      and .yt for Mayotte.


    AFNIC has received support from more than 660 parties for its applications to act as the registry for the .fr TLD and the French overseas extensions. Support has been received from:


    • 305 individuals
    • 172 companies
    • 104 registrars 
    • 38 registries
    • 8 legal experts and intellectual property specialists
    • 19 representatives from academia et research
    • 14 political representatives


    We should like to express our warm thanks to all of our supporters for their recognition, which further underlines the benefits of AFNIC:


    • rigorous management, focusing on the public interest;
    • an open, associative mode of governance, designed to serve one and all;
    • a reinvestment policy fostering the security, innovation and development of the Internet at the national and international level.

    The results of the call for applications for the .fr TLD are expected to be announced no later than 30 June.


    Find out more:


    5949 * (AFNIC) Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[AFNC launches its campaign of calls for support ]]>  

    Following the publication of the calls for applications to manage the 11 top-level extensions in the Official Journal of the French Republic on March 20, 2012, AFNIC has announced his candidacy for the extensions in question and has launched its campaign of calls for support.

    AFNIC has successfully acted as the Registry for the .fr (France) and operates .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) TLDs since 1998.

    "The association is particularly committed to extending this unbiased approach, giving each category of stakeholder (registrars, users, private and public sectors) a fair place, while promoting sharing and openness in a non-profit environment," said Jean-Pierre Dardayrol, Chairman of AFNIC. "AFNIC therefore wishes to re-assert its commitment to the French Internet community by applying for the management of the 11 French Internet extensions included in the calls for applications," he added.


    By supporting AFNIC’s project you are:


    • Supporting a shared, open and multi-stakeholder approach to the management of critical Internet resources;


    • Favoring a non-profit approach to the management of these resources;


    • Helping to ensure critical infrastructures in the country are controlled by a domestic market player;


    • Supporting French expertise in ICT;


    • Ensuring the consistency and continuity of equivalent services in every French territory, including metropolitan France and its overseas territories;


    • Promoting a responsible, common approach to all the French Internet extensions in terms of the protection of rights holders, in accordance with the law and in the general interest.


    To support its applications, AFNIC is launching a wide-ranging campaign of calls for support, in particular by providing a special website and by scheduling a number of events in metropolitan France and its overseas territories.


    Keep track of these initiatives, support us online and don’t hesitate to contact us!


    Calls for applications for the management of the extensions published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on March 20, 2012:


    Website dedicated to the campaign of calls for support:


    5904 * (AFNIC) Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[AFNIC publishes the 2011 edition of its French Domain Name Industry Report]]>



    Factors and trends in this new edition

    Growth of the .fr TLD well above the average rate for extensions

    The new edition of the Industry Report shows that the .fr TLD retains a high absolute level of growth, of around 17% over one year, i.e. five points higher than the average for national extensions. The extension is adding domains at a rate of 300,000 new names a year, now representing more than 2.1 million names, or nearly one third of all the domain names registered in France.

    A dynamic portfolio of .fr domain names, in line with current events

    The 2011 edition of the French Domain Name Industry Report shows that the "portfolio" of names with the .fr extension is fully in line with current events: for example, "France" and "Paris" are the leading character strings forming .fr domain names, followed by terms related to the world of insurance and, logically, to 2011 and 2012. As far as the corporate sector is concerned, 94 of the top 100 companies in France and nearly 80% of the 1,000 largest companies registered their .fr domain name in 2011

    Young urban holders

    The Report shows that in 2011, 39.5% of the holders of .fr domain names were individuals, and 60.5% were corporate entities. The renewal rate of the .fr extension is around 80%, a figure which is high compared with other extensions around the world.

    The study of the location of domain names in France still reports a significant concentration in departments with the greatest population density, for individuals and businesses alike. It also shows a strong correlation between the number of .fr domain names registered in French regions and the regional gross domestic product.

    In addition, for the first time, the Report highlights the correlation between the monthly creations of .fr domain names and the monthly creations of companies in France. This shows that a significant proportion of the new domain names are filed because of start-ups in the national territory.

    On-going market concentration

    Concerning the section on Registrars, the 2011 Report shows that 16% of the registrars of .fr domain names are now located abroad against 14.5% last year.

    In addition, the market concentration of registrars of .fr domain names is continuing inexorably, on both the individual segment and on the corporate sector. The market remains "concentrated" for individuals, and has reached the "moderately concentrated" level for the corporate sector.

    Finally, the Report shows that the median price of a domain name proposed for end users is estimated at 12 euros plus VAT, and has remained stable in relation to previous years.

    Major technological changes


    The new edition of the Report shows that the share of .fr domain names that are IPv6-enabled has evolved considerably since last year: nearly 40% of .fr domain names now support IPv6 for DNS and more than 8% for mail servers, but only 2 % for web servers.

    Finally, the percentage of requests received by the authoritative servers for IPv6 in the French namespace is also slightly up, standing at 1.5% this year.


    Future prospects


    This new edition of the Report discusses the changes that will impact the market for domain names, including:


    • The opening to Europe of the .fr and overseas extensions on 6 December. This opening could affect the structure of registrars, if new key players decided to invest in the French extension. In addition, with this background in mind, AFNIC is also studying the possibility of registering domain names in internationalised characters (IDNs) under the .fr TLD.

    • The process involving the creation of new gTLD extensions introduced by ICANN. Hundreds of new extensions, representing cities, regions, cultural communities, brand names or interests will emerge in the coming years. This change will drastically change the landscape of the Internet and will eventually impact the existing extensions and market participants.


    Download the 2011 French Domain Name Industry Report

    5382 * (AFNIC) Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[The .fr TLD turns 25]]> Launched on 2 September 1986, the .fr TLD is turning 25: 25 years during which a community of devotees from the French National Institute for Research in Computer Sciences and Automation (INRIA) and Internet professionals have put their heart and souls into making the .fr a success and AFNIC the key player in the French Internet ecosystem.

    To mark the date, AFNIC has designed a schedule of events that will run through to spring 2012 produced by the Emakina communication agency, namely:


    ■ A new logo

    A powerful new visual identity to convey the values ​​of the .fr TLD and AFNIC. The new look .fr!



    A new website

    AFNIC will be launching its new website branded with the new logo.


    ■ The publication of a special magazine issue "The .fr TLD turns 25"

    With more than 50 pages outlining the key moments in history of the .fr namespace, testimonials from companies and institutions that have opted for the .fr TLD and all those who have taken an active part in the saga behind the .fr namespace.


    ■ A contest for .fr websites on the theme of "The French Reconnection"

    The 25th anniversary of the .fr namespace also features a contest to showcase the best Internet experiences in .fr domain names. The candidates, both professional and private, will be competing in several categories. A major promotional campaign in support of the contest will be held.




    To find out more, please visit


    ■ A special gala evening "A night at the .fr" will be attended by the digital community to officially celebrate the 25th anniversary of the .fr TLD.

    The highlight of the programme will be a special event held on 11 October on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower with the French internet community to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the .fr namespace. There will an award ceremony for the winners of the contest, at which more than 300 guests are expected.


    A Common thread

    These various events will be linked together by a common thread in the press talks given by our spokespersons and the interviews of our ambassadors in the mainstream media.


    Ending the celebration with a BANG!

    To close the programme celebrating the 25th anniversary of the .fr TLD and start a whole new period, in the late spring of 2012, AFNIC will be organising "The .fr digital communication Awards", a gala event at which prizes will be awarded to the large companies for their .fr websites.



    Bertrand Louveau, AFNIC Marketing and Innovation Director, speaking of the event, had this to say: "This anniversary is an opportunity to reassert the values ​​conveyed by the .fr TLD. We have therefore decided to base our communication for the coming months using the date as our major theme. With that in mind, AFNIC has launched a particularly ambitious schedule of events, the cornerstone being the redesign of the AFNIC logo and the visual identity of the .fr namespace."


    4988 * (AFNIC) Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[AFNIC upgrades its organization and recruits a Marketing and Innovation Director ]]> 2868 * (AFNIC) Thu, 26 May 2011 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[To mark IPv6Day, AFNIC releases a special report and sets up a dedicated team ]]> AFNIC has published a special report on IPv6. The ten-page file contains several diagrams and is backed by sound references. This special report: puts the phenomenon of IPv4 address exhaustion into context, details the issues surrounding this phenomenon and the unavoidable migration from IPv4 to IPv6, concisely highlights the advantages of IPv6, outlines the roles of the various network stakeholders and describes communication models that must take IPv6 integration into account, provides practical recommendations to support IPv6 deployment in the field.


    Download the report entitled "IPv6: passport to the Internet of tomorrow"


    AFNIC has been prepared for IPv6 integration for ten years. Today, it wants to share its experience with the largest possible audience. So for IPv6Day next 8 June, AFNIC is going to give the web and research community access to a specially created team. You can reach them on The team of AFNIC experts will strive to answer in the shortest delay all questions and queries relating to this vital issue.

    5567 * (AFNIC) Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 +0200
    <![CDATA[AFNIC celebrates the registration of the 2 millionth .fr domain name]]> 2857 * (AFNIC) Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[The new legal framework for domain names: the things that will change on 1 July ]]> 2855 * (AFNIC) Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[A new legal framework for domain names in France]]> 2851 * (AFNIC) Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[The new law on domain names is adopted on first reading by the French National Assembly ]]> 2836 * (AFNIC) Fri, 14 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC launches a new communication campaign for prescribers to promote the .fr TLD]]> 2832 * (AFNIC) Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC publishes 2010 French Domain Name Industry Report]]> 2830 * (AFNIC) Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[French domain name law censored by Constitutional Court]]> 2820 * (AFNIC) Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC launches ZoneCheck version 3]]> 2807 * (AFNIC) Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC kicks off deployment of DNSSEC in France]]> 2818 * (AFNIC) Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[2010 survey on the perception of .fr reveals a clear preference in favour of .fr domain names]]> 2815 * (AFNIC) Thu, 09 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC launches a public survey on making .fr available to European Union]]> 2813 * (AFNIC) Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[The Tunisian Internet Agency selects solutions from AFNIC to operate its « تونس. » IDN ccTLD ]]> 2802 * (AFNIC) Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC publishes new issue paper on "The Secondary Market in Domain Names"]]> 2796 * (AFNIC) Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Jean-Pierre Dardayrol Elected Chairman of AFNIC]]> 2792 * (AFNIC) Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC Consultative Committees Discuss the Directions Taken since its Appointment as official Registry for .fr Top Level Domain]]> 2790 * (AFNIC) Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Changes on the way for the .fr domain ]]> 2786 * (AFNIC) Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC awarded .fr management after competitive tender ]]> 2782 * (AFNIC) Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC invites network managers to prepare for the signing of the DNS root in May 2010 ]]> This tool, developed by the RIPE-NCC, requires Java. 5. For end users (company, university or domestic ISP subscriber), please check with your ISP. Technical background The DNS root is signed with the DNSSEC technology. In 2010, the root servers will start giving signed responses. From next May , the 13 root DNS servers will send the DNSSEC information. This includes cryptographic signatures, whose size is about five to ten times the standard DNS responses size. These signatures will exceed the DNS 512 bytes previous limit, and sometimes, even the 1500 bytes of the Ethernet MTU (“Maximum Transmit Unit”), the most widely used on Internet. In fact, RFC 2671, which extended the 512 bytes limit, was published in August 1999, and is more than ten years old. There are still some firewalls or other network equipments, which are badly designed or not properly configured, and will reject the DNS responses more than 512 bytes long. Among the equipments which accept longer responses, some of them don’t correctly handle the IP packet fragmentation (For instance: because they may block all the ICMP packets) and therefore, they cannot receive DNS packets larger than the MTU (generally 1500 bytes). Some of the networks which reject DNS packets larger than 512 bytes, or even the ones which only reject those longer than 1500 bytes, will no longer be able to “communicate” with the DNS root after May 2010 (Indeed, this means that they will no longer get any response); and therefore, they will practically be unable to access to Internet Glossary: DNS: DNSSEC: ICMP: MTU: ROOT: the set of servers spread around the world, and upon which the domain names system relies. These servers have a key role in dispatching the requests to the right name servers of the relevant TLD (Top-Level Domain) such as .fr Some useful links: - The root signing plan announcement - The official website for the signing project , with the roll-out timetable - Instructions for a root server - Can your DNS server accept any size packet (in French)? - A French language mailing list about the DNS, where you can get support from peers About AFNIC (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération ) Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names. AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars). Further information.    ]]> 2780 * (AFNIC) Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC deploys its own anycast cloud ]]> 2776 * (AFNIC) Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC Board of Directors opens up the .fr domain to French expatriates ]]> 2770 * (AFNIC) Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC publishes 2009 French Domain Name Industry Report]]> 2768 * (AFNIC) Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Proxi-Produit Consortium selected in the Proxima Mobile call for projects]]> 2766 * (AFNIC) Mon, 02 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC registers the 1,5 millionth .fr domain name ]]> 2758 * (AFNIC) Fri, 18 Sep 2009 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC launches new communication campaign entitled " .fr - and that's the bottom line ! "]]> 2756 * (AFNIC) Fri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[One year on from its launch, AFNIC's PREDEC procedure is hitting its stride]]> 2754 * (AFNIC) Thu, 23 Jul 2009 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC publishes new issue paper entitled "DNS: types of attack and security techniques"]]> 2750 * (AFNIC) Tue, 16 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Initial ruling of the Court of Cassation on the decree relating to .fr domain names ]]> 2746 * (AFNIC) Wed, 10 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC contributing to efforts to control the Conficker worm]]> 2731 * (AFNIC) Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[AFNIC makes the daily life of .fr and .re domain names users easier on March 30th 2009]]> 2727 * (AFNIC) Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC publishes its French Domain Name Industry Report]]> 2718 * (AFNIC) Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC publishes its French Domain Name Industry Report]]> 2722 * (AFNIC) Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC launches DNSwitness, a multi-purpose software for DNS measurements]]> 2720 * (AFNIC) Fri, 21 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[AFNIC discloses its strategic orientations]]> 2716 * (AFNIC) Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Publication of the synthesis of the public consultation on French Top Level Domains]]> 2712 * (AFNIC) Fri, 31 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[The AFNIC publishes its first decisions in regards to its specific dispute resolution procedure for obvious breaches of the stipulations of the decree of February 6th, 2007]]> 2714 * (AFNIC) Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC is involved in the registry services for the Internet of the Future and begins a partnership with GS1 France ]]> 2647 * (AFNIC) Thu, 02 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC published its response to the public consultation on the management of the French Internet domains ]]> 2642 * (AFNIC) Fri, 04 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC is setting up a specific dispute resolution procedure for obvious breaches of the stipulations of the decree of 6th February 2007 ]]> 2607 * (AFNIC) Mon, 30 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ AFNIC General Assembly of June 19th, 2008: status modifications and presentation of the 2007 activity report ]]> 2707 * (AFNIC) Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC salutes the launch of the public consultation on the selection criterias of the registration offices in charge of the French Internet domains ]]> 2640 * (AFNIC) Mon, 28 Apr 2008 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ First domain names created by the AFNIC under .wf (Wallis and Futuna) ]]> 2598 * (AFNIC) Fri, 04 Apr 2008 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ AFNIC's consultative committees agree on the implementation of EPP ]]> 2686 * (AFNIC) Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ One more step towards the deployment for the next-generation Internet protocol: IPv6 ]]> 2697 * (AFNIC) Tue, 12 Feb 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC celebrates one million .fr domain names registered since the creation of the ccTLD on September the 2nd, 1986 ]]> 2609 * (AFNIC) Mon, 14 Jan 2008 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC publishes the first report on the French domain name industry ]]> 2628 * (AFNIC) Wed, 28 Nov 2007 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC takes part in the Internet Governance Forum ]]> 2591 * (AFNIC) Mon, 12 Nov 2007 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC names the members of its Technical Advisory Committee ]]> 2604 * (AFNIC) Tue, 06 Nov 2007 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ Report on .fr domain names image survey ]]> 2649 * (AFNIC) Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC reinforces protection against illegal use of its Whois database ]]> 2657 * (AFNIC) Wed, 16 May 2007 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC and EuroDNS end the litigation that opposed them ]]> 2484 * (AFNIC) Mon, 19 Mar 2007 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC reacts to the publication of a decree on domain names ]]> 2637 * (AFNIC) Thu, 08 Feb 2007 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ Report six months after opening .fr domain names to individuals ]]> 2509 * (AFNIC) Wed, 13 Dec 2006 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC defends the .fr Charter and decides to block .fr domains registered by the / association ]]> 2505 * (AFNIC) Wed, 12 Jul 2006 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ First figures of the opening of .fr to individuals ]]> 2459 * (AFNIC) Mon, 26 Jun 2006 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ Opening of .fr to individuals: the Internet Rights Forum is extending its offer as a mediator in case of disputes for .fr domain name for individuals. ]]> 2543 * (AFNIC) Thu, 15 Jun 2006 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC opens up the .fr domain name to individuals from 20 June 2006 ]]> 2499 * (AFNIC) Tue, 21 Mar 2006 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC strengthens its international involvement ]]> 2586 * (AFNIC) Wed, 01 Feb 2006 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC puts forward a legal claimants guide in the matter of domain names and presents its action broad outlines ]]> 2541 * (AFNIC) Fri, 02 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC at the WSIS ]]> 2556 * (AFNIC) Wed, 16 Nov 2005 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ .fr and .re domain name registrations opened to individuals before summer 2006 ]]> 2449 * (AFNIC) Wed, 09 Nov 2005 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC registers the 400 000th .fr domain name ]]> 2659 * (AFNIC) Mon, 17 Oct 2005 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC opens a forum on the liberalization of .fr and .re ]]> 2678 * (AFNIC) Wed, 07 Sep 2005 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC protects the names of the French cities under .fr and .re - Update on August 1 2005 ]]> 2501 * (AFNIC) Mon, 01 Aug 2005 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC is organizing a working seminar on 6 September 2005 on extending eligibility for .fr and .re registrations to individuals ]]> 2675 * (AFNIC) Wed, 20 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC defends the .fr naming Charter, blocking the domain names of KLTE Ltd. ]]> 2507 * (AFNIC) Wed, 20 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ The AFNIC demands explanations to KLTE Limited ]]> 2474 * (AFNIC) Wed, 06 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[ Press release: Liberalization of .fr and .re domain name registrations from 11th May 2004 ]]> 2466 * (AFNIC) Tue, 20 Jan 2004 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[IPv6 fully integrated in the Production System of AFNIC from October, the 1st 2003]]> After decades of unstinting devotion, IPv4 is approaching address space exhaustion and it needs to be gradually replaced by a new version, IPv6, which will enable an almost infinite number of computers to be connected to the Internet.

    The venue of IPv6 is not only going to renew the current Internet but it is also going to bring thorough changes in the different uses of the Internet. IPv6 is expected to pervade several new areas such as health, remote management, domotics, agriculture (traceability), mobility (cars, ships), etc.
    Today, AFNIC, the French Registry, has become a key actor in the IP next generation deployment in France, as it is supporting IPv6 in the DNS (Domain Name System). The DNS is a critical Internet service infrastructure and it has to become IPv6-read y in order to enable other applications to use IPv6 transport. The DNS is indeed queried by common Internet applications for resources they need (IP addresses, mail servers), in order to communicate with each other.
    As a member of the French IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee, AFNIC is setting the example: from the first of October 2003, IPv6 will be fully integrated in its Production System as well as in the new version of ZoneCheck, its wellknown DNS zone checking tool.

    A long maturation process

    AFNIC has been involved in IPv6 as early as September 2000. At that time, a testbed was set up in order to experiment IPv6 operation and new functionality. The tests results were satisfactory enough to start IPv6 pre-production activity.
    Since November 2001, AFNIC has been running an official DNS server ( for FR and RE zones with native IPv6 support. NS3 is hosted at the SFINX, an Internet Exchange Point managed by Renater (the French National Research and Education Network). It is connected to the Internet (IPv4 and IPv6) via Renater3, Renater's IPv4/IPv6 network. The good location and connectivity of NS3, give the DNS zones hosted on it better visibility and accessibility from ISPs present at SFINX. France is the second ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain) in the world, after Japan (JP), to support IPv6 on its DNS servers. Note that NS3 is also an official server (secondary) for about 14 other ccTLDs (AF (Afghanistan), DZ (Algeria), ES (Spain), MY (Malaysia)...).
    AFNIC started to take IPv6 into account in its Production System in early 2002. ZoneCheck, the AFNIC tool used for checking DNS zones configuration prior to their delegation under FR zone, was rewritten from scratch. ZoneCheckv2
    ( is a modular and extensible tool. It fully supports IPv6 today and will later support other extensions such as DNSsec ones.
    Since April 2002, AFNIC has been giving advanced IPv6 training course with hands-on to part of its Registrars. This initiative has be en extended since 2003 to the members of its "International College", an international committee including 13 NICs (Network Information Center).
    AFNIC IPv6 team actively participates in several IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) working-groups. Besides, its survey activity on IPv6-related technologies, the IPv6 team has acquired experience in running inter-operability tests jointly with 6WIND and other G6 partners, within the IETF protocol standardisation process.
    AFNIC participation was also sought at different National and International IPv6-related events, such as RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) meetings.
    Finally a collaboration project between AFNIC and Renater on the one hand, and Wide Project and JPRS from Japan on the other hand, is being worked on. It will enable the French and Japanese teams to exchange experience in IPv6 and DNS fields.
    9554 * (AFNIC) Mon, 15 Sep 2003 00:00:00 +0200