Created in 1997, Afnic is the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" (the French Network Information Centre). As the incumbent manager of the .fr TLD with more than 3 million .fr domain names, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 17 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh.

A non-profit association governed by the provisions of the Law of 1 July 1901, Afnic is located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, where its staff of 80 work for the common good of the French Internet.