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Brits Can No Longer Register .FR Domains Due to Brexit

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, but the 11 month transition period meant the UK was still bound by the EU’s rules. At the end of the transition period it was known businesses and citizens of the UK would lose the right to register .EU domain names. What very few realised was that due to the terms and conditions for .fr, they would lose the right to register and hold .fr domain names as well.

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Afnic Announces New Registration Rules for .FR, .PM, .RE, .TF, .WF and .YT

AFNIC logoAfnic has announced new registration policies for the .fr (France), .re (Reunion Island), .yt (Mayotte), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern Territories) and .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon). ccTLDs that come into force on 8 December.

The main changes in the registration policy are:

  • registration of .fr domain names consisting of one or two character(s) is allowed from 8 December, starting with a Sunrise period running until 9 February followed by a Landrush (16 February to 16 March) and then general availability from 17 March
  • creation of a registry lock option for all the ccTLDs that prevents unauthorised changes to Whois information.

To find out more, see:

Afnic Consults On Releasing Single and Two Character Domains

AFNIC logoSingle and two character domain names could be coming to .fr and other registries Afnic manages should the public consultation underway give the registry the green light.

The public consultation is aiming to work out a way forward and set up a procedure for the release of the domains. While the information provided is not specific, it appears the consultation not only covers .fr (France), but also .re (Reunion Island), .yt (Mayotte), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern Territories) and .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon).

The consultation runs until 16 April 2013 and interested people are asked to comment on:

  • whether or not to use an auction system for the registration of domain names with one or two characters
  • whether the registration process should be in two phases, beginning with a “sunrise period”
  • whether the “first come, first served” rule should be applied
  • whether there should be domain names reserved and unable to be registered.

Comments can be given by completing the form available for download at www.afnic.fr/medias/documents/consultations/public-consultation-reply-form-short-names.pdf.

AFNIC Publishes First Score on Syreli, A Monthly Statistics Publication

Afnic, the registry for .FR domain names along with a number of other French territories, has published its first Scope, the first of what they say will be regular publications of statistics on rulings handed down along with other key facts and figures.

The purpose of Scope on Syreli (Syreli is what Afnic is calling their dispute resolution system) is to summarise the procedure’s data and disseminate them as widely as possible. From now on, each month, new statistics and graphics will be posted on the Afnic website, in particular on:

  • the number of rulings handed down
  • the outcome of the procedures (the distribution of rulings, the number of court cases, etc.)
  • the legal status of the claimants and holders (the types of litigation, remedies sought, country of origin of claimants, etc.)
  • the length of time the domain name had existed when the Syreli complaint was filed.

And from November onwards, Scope on Syreli will focus on the key figures for the previous month.

Syreli, the Afnic dispute resolution system, was launched in November 2011 for domain names with the .FR and .RE extensions. As of 6 December, it also applies to the .TF, .YT, .PM and .WF ccTLDs.

The first Scope is published below:

Afnic Syreli Sept 2012 Infograph

At Least 3 Companies Submit Bids To Operate French and Territorial ccTLDs

At least three and up to six companies have submitted bids to operate the .FR (France) ccTLD and the ten French territory ccTLDs currently managed by AFNIC.Bids were required to be submitted to the French Ministry of Industry by Friday for the 11 ccTLDs, and so far the current ccTLD manager AFNIC, along with l’Office d’enregistrement des extensions Internet françaises (“Office For The Registration Of French Internet Extensions” – a subsidiary of the Luxembourg-based OpenRegistry) and FRNIC have all publicly stated they have applied.In the bid by the current registry operator, AFNIC have said they have significant industry support with more than 660 organisations and individuals expressing support for them to retain the operation of the registry.Another of the applicants, FRNIC, a collaboration between FREE Foundation and the French registrar StartingDot, say they will invest all the profits of the organisation into developing the internet including the establishment of a foundation with €2.5 million over five years to be led by a scientific committee and to double the number of registered domain names between 2012 and 2017.StartingDot has also applied to ICANN for five new gTLDs they describe as being “dedicated to businesses in many important sectors so that they may optimise their visibility and align their internet address with the name of their business.”But the number of .FR domain names has been growing rapidly since registration rules were liberalised, leading to the ccTLD being one of the fastest growing in recent years, Matthieu Weill, AFNIC Director General, told Les Echos.The 11 ccTLD registries for which tenders have been requested by the French Ministry of Industry are:

  • .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;
  • .YT for Mayotte.

AFNIC Submits Applications To Manage 11 French TLDs

Je Soutiens AFNIC logoOn 11 May, AFNIC submitted its applications to manage the 11 French country code top level domains (ccTLDs) with the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry.

Following the publication in the Official Journal of the French Republic on 20 March calling for applications to manage the ccTLDs for France and its overseas territories, AFNIC officially applied to act as the registry for the following:

  • .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;
  • .YT for Mayotte.

AFNIC also announced they received support from more than 660 parties for its applications to act as the registry for the ccTLDs, including:

  • 305 individuals
  • 172 companies
  • 104 registrars
  • 38 registries
  • 8 legal experts and intellectual property specialists
  • 19 representatives from academia and research
  • 14 political representatives.

More information on the AFNIC proposal to manage the 11 ccTLDs is available from the dedicated campaign website (only in French) at je-soutiens-afnic.fr.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .FR domain, or for many of the other French ccTLDs, see Europe Registry here.

French Government Calls For Applications To Manage .FR And 10 Other French ccTLDs

Eric Besson, the French Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry, has launched a call for nominations for companies wishing to act as the registry for the 11 French country code top level domains.

Currently AFNIC is the company operating as the registry for six of the ccTLDs: .FR (France), .YT (Mayotte), .WF (Wallis and Futuna), .TF (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .PM (Saint Pierre and Miquelon) and .RE (Reunion Island).

The other ccTLDs – .BL (Saint-Barthélémy), .GF (French Guiana), .GP (Guadeloupe), .MF for (Saint-Martin) and .MQ (Martinique) – are managed by other organisations.

The calls for nomination, one for each ccTLD, appeared in the Official Journal are to enable the implementation of the new legal framework, and applications close on 11 May.

AFNIC was formally designated as the registry for.FR in March 2010 following a call for applications. However, on the grounds of non-compliance with the Constitution of Article L. 45 of the French Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Act (which specifies the legal framework for managing French Internet extensions), a decision of the French Constitutional Council of October 2010 rendered the legal basis for that appointment null and void. A new legal framework has now been set up, but the call for applications must be repeated.

For more information, in French only, see www.industrie.gouv.fr/tic/consultation-publique/domaines-nationaux/aac-domaines-internet.php.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .FR domain name, check out Europe Registry here.