On November 26, 2013, the town of Paris has launched a pioneer program. It revealed the first 100 domain names bearing the extension .PARIS on February 21, 2014.
The candidates for the new extension have been chosen according to their editorial project. Businesses, associations or even bloggers could submit their applications. The Paris City Hall has announced its intention to acquire a strong digital identity and to make the town become a digital territory conducive to innovation.
Among the lucky winners, the town has selected the RATP which has acquired the domain name <metro.paris> and which intends to display a “revolutionary” map of Paris transports on its website. The inevitable <toureiffel.paris>, the Grand Palais or the Fauchon grocery will also aim at improving the virtual image of the town.
“This extension reflects innovation in Paris, and has a symbolic value, where we are opening a new cycle”, said Jean-Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of innovation who chaired the Jury responsible for the screening of the 310 applications. And, during his visit to Paris, the chairman of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, added: «I am pleased to see the energy deployed by the town of Paris. This achievement must be a model for all the towns around the world”.
The first websites using the extension .PARIS will be accessible in Spring and will be available to the general public at the end of this year. The list of the 100 pioneer domain names is available on the website of the town of Paris.