Full Name of Registry: AFNIC (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération)
Contact details (address, phone, fax, general enquiries):
Address: Immeuble Le Stephenson - 1, rue Stephenson - 78180 Montigny-Le-Bretonneux – France https://www.afnic.fr
Fax: +33139308301 - email@example.com
Founding date: December, 1997
Registration Model (Registry/Registrar system; Direct registrations; Both): Registry-registrar system
Number of domain names: more than 2.8 millions (Feb. 2015) - Current statistics at https://www.afnic.fr/en/resources/statistics/detailed-data-on-domain-names/detailed-data-on-fr/
History: AFNIC was created in December 1997 to take over .fr management from INRIA (http://www.inria.fr) which has been its registry since 1986. AFNIC is a not-for-profit association. Its governance model is inclusive and aims to allow all the interested parties to take part into the decisions related to French domain names management. Our board includes governement representatives, but also representatives elected by the registrars and the users.
AFNIC is the French Registry and manages .fr (France) as well as some other top-level domains corresponding to the national territory of France (overseas territories): .re (Reunion Island), .yt (Mayotte), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .tf (French Southern Territories), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon).
AFNIC is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and services for registries and registrars. Afnic offers a registration service for some new gTLDs (.paris, .bzh, .ovh,...).