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Status: proposed
country: France
Manager: Ville de Paris (City of Paris)
Registry Provider: AFNIC-CORE Partnership
Registry: City of Paris
Registry Backend: AFNIC
Type: GeoTLD
Registrations: 18,430
Parked Domains: 12,219
Parked Domain %: 66.3 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 19 April 2014
General Availability: 02 December 2014

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.paris is a new GeoTLD proposal from Ville de Paris (City of Paris) to ICANN's 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.[1]

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.[2][3][4]

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 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. [5] [6]

Ville de Paris & Reverse Domain Hijacking

In September, 2012, the City of Paris was found to be guilty of reverse domain name hijacking, where a 2009 case over Parvi.org resulted in a UDRP panelist awarding the domain to Paris before a Reverse Domain Hijacking lawsuit from the American registrant brought the case to a Texas court. A representative of the City of Paris did not present itself in court and the city was found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking, and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution and $26,830 in attorney fees. The sum will likely be difficult to collect given the international nature of the case. [7]