.FR celebrates its 35th anniversary

.FR, the French top level domain operated by Afnic celebrates its 35th anniversary and continues its growth, which has allowed it to increase by 7% in 2020.
The result of 35 years of technical excellence, .fr shines today for the trust it inspires, in addition to being a pioneer in digital solidarity and in the digital transformation of French businesses.Today, Afnic is celebrating the 35th anniversary of .fr.  With 3.82 million .fr domain names registered in September 2021, the French ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain) is one of the most dynamic national domains in the world and can claim a market share of 38%, its highest level ever. .fr thus continues to reduce the gap with .com, which holds 44% of the French market*.On September 2, 1986, .fr made its first steps at INRIA (National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology); then mainly used by academics. In 1997, as the number of users and sellers of .fr grew, INRIA and the French Ministries of Industry, Telecommunications and Research created Afnic, which received delagation to administer .fr.

First reserved for French companies, the .fr domain began its revolution in 2004. It became more accessible, without losing any of its reliability. The extension opens to individuals in 2006 and fully participates in the digital transformation of France. The .fr, now distributed by 400 registrars, is indeed an inexpensive and trusted extension, and its popularity, which makes France shine on the Internet, cannot be denied. As proof, 91% of French VSEs/SMEs consider that a .fr address is a guarantee of trust**.

For each .fr domain registered, Afnic donates 90% of the profits to digital inclusion projects throughout France via the Afnic Foundation. In 2020, over one million euros were distributed to 69 projects in 13 metropolitan regions as well as in Guadeloupe, Guyana and Martinique.

Afnic is also multiplying its actions in favor of the digital transformation of VSEs/SMEs, through its Réussir en .fr platform where entrepreneurs can get a free diagnosis of their online presence and advice, or the Foliweb workshops, which attracted more than 20,000 participants last year, but also 18,000 in 2019 and 17,000 in 2018.

On September 2, 1986, .fr made its first steps at INRIA (National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology); then mainly used by academics. In 1997, as the number of users and sellers of .fr grew, INRIA and the French Ministries of Industry, Telecommunications and Research created Afnic, which received delagation to administer .fr.

First reserved for French companies, the .fr domain began its revolution in 2004. It became more accessible, without losing any of its reliability. The extension opens to individuals in 2006 and fully participates in the digital transformation of France. The .fr, now distributed by 400 registrars, is indeed an inexpensive and trusted extension, and its popularity, which makes France shine on the Internet, cannot be denied. As proof, 91% of French VSEs/SMEs consider that a .fr address is a guarantee of trust**.

For each .fr domain registered, Afnic donates 90% of the profits to digital inclusion projects throughout France via the Afnic Foundation. In 2020, over one million euros were distributed to 69 projects in 13 metropolitan regions as well as in Guadeloupe, Guyana and Martinique.

Afnic is also multiplying its actions in favor of the digital transformation of VSEs/SMEs, through its Réussir en .fr platform where entrepreneurs can get a free diagnosis of their online presence and advice, or the Foliweb workshops, which attracted more than 20,000 participants last year, but also 18,000 in 2019 and 17,000 in 2018.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now living in Athens, Greece. Love domains and building websites. Went online in 1995, learned about HTML in 1996 and about domains in 2002. Started publishing the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

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