FAQ

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Any resident of a member state of the European Union, or of Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Iceland.

If you are a private individual, no. AFNIC systematically protects the personal data you submit when you register your address: they do not appear in the Whois directory unless you specifically request otherwise.

Please note: this protection does not apply to representatives or the contacts of a company or a charity.

Your internet address has a value. The price varies according to the associated services offered by specialist vendors. It can be worth comparing prices, even though they are still quite low for a simple service.

By using the Whois directory, on the AFNIC site. If the owner's contact details are not listed there, you can ask AFNIC for them, stating your reasons. These reasons must be sound: AFNIC applies very strict rules to protect the personal data of owners of .fr domain names.

 AFNIC is prohibited by law from directly registering requests for domain names. You must use a specialist vendor, referred to as a registrar.

It will be your single point of contact for management of your internet address, throughout its lifetime.

Very often, the vendor offers other services, such as hosting and operating the site you intend to create. This help is very useful for a novice.

There are lots of registrars: we will help you to choose the ones that best meet your needs.

Yes, unless you behave objectionably, including, for example, selling illicit products, or make objectionable statements, such as comments inciting hatred and violence. Freedom of expression is a fundamental principle, but the internet is not a lawless zone.

You can have your domain name deleted at any time, via your registrar. It will then become available to a new owner.

Remember that you have 30 days to change your mind, once your deletion request has been registered.

Yes. You just need to ask your registrar, and indicate the new owner. The latter must abide by the same terms and conditions as you, in particular be a resident of one of the member states of the European Union, or of Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Iceland. At AFNIC's request, you must confirm that you agree to the transaction.

AFNIC, the Association française pour le nommage Internet en coopération, is a non-profit organisation under the law of 1901, established in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Employing 80 people, its main role is to manage French web extensions, otherwise known as domain names. Thanks to their ease of use and the trust they inspire, these digital identifiers used by millions of people in France and abroad help to promote interaction and innovation on the internet every day. AFNIC currently supports and manages twenty-three top-level domains relating to territories, brands or economic sectors.

Thus, while continuing to manage the French national extension .fr and its 2.9 million domain names, and the five overseas extensions corresponding to France's overseas territories, it is also the registry operator for 17 new generic extensions like .paris, .bzh, .ovh and .banque.

AFNIC pays almost all the profits from its .fr activity into a fund for the support and development of the internet in France.

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