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'''.paris''' is a new [[GeoTLD]] proposal from [[Ville de Paris]] (City of Paris) to [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program|new gTLD expansion program]] to serve as a dedicated online space for Paris to promote its businesses, culture and tourism. The .paris TLD initiative was developed in 2007 by [[Sébastien Bachollet]], a French citizen and a member of the [[ICANN Board]], and other French ICANN regulars.<ref>[ The .Paris A Real Project]. DomainesInfo.</ref>
The City of Paris announced its plan to apply for the .paris TLD in June 2008. [[INDOM]] served as consultant for the .paris project, which was launched by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë and Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika in 2009. They also launched a website and a PR and communications campaign to encourage the Parisian community to support the project.<ref>[ Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë and Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika launch .PARIS]. New gTLDS, Stephane Van Gelder. Published 2009 December 10.</ref><ref>[ DotParis official website now open]. New gTLDS, Stephane Van Gelder. Published 2009 December 9.</ref><ref>[ Cest Quoi Le Paris].</ref> Also applying for .paris is Jeffrey Walter, owner of, who Ville de Paris filed a UDRP against in 2009. Walter sued to stop the transfer, stating that Paris was attempting reverse domain name hijacking. In July 2012, a U.S. federal district court entered a default judgment against Ville de Paris, of $100,000 for reverse domain name hijacking and tortious interference. They were also ordered to pay an additional $26,830 in attorney's fees and costs.<ref>[ City of Paris ordered to pay $100k for reverse domain name hijacking]. Published 2012 September 17. Retrieved 2012 November 15.</ref>
Following the launching of the .paris project, the City of Paris selected [[AFNIC]] & [[CORE]] to provide technical support for the .paris TLD application to ensure its approval by ICANN. AFNIC is a non-profit organization serving as the registry operator for France's [[ccTLD|country code top level domain name]] ([[.fr]]) and several French territories including [[.re]] (Reunion Island), [[.yt]] (Mayotte), [[.wf]] (Wallis and Futuna), [[.tf]] (French Southern Territories) and [[.pm]] (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon). CORE is a Swiss-based non-profit organization offering registrar services accredited by ICANN. <ref>[ AFNIC/CORE chosen by the Ville de Paris to manage the .paris extension]. Afnic. Published 2009 October 2.</ref> <ref>[ About CORE]. CORE.</ref>

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