In 1994, when the Internet was only a secret platform, Jean-Noel Friedman, a French-American businessman, registered the domain name France.com. Twenty-six years later, on Monday, December 13, aThe United States Supreme Court has finally put an end to the lawsuits it has brought in the United States against France, hoping to recover the domain name.
The highest US court refused to hear the appeal of Jean-Noel Friedman, who accused France of owning it “confiscation” In violation of US property law. The Supreme Court’s refusal upholds the decision of the Federal Court of Appeals, which, in March, ruled that Paris could not be tried on US soil in the case because of its ruling. Sovereign immunity.
Today, France.com is automatically redirected to France.fr, the official tourism portal in France.
French expat in the United States, Jean-Noel Friedman, made France.com an informational website for Francophones and Francophones living in the United States, in 1994, before being published in 1997 in an online travel agency. Intended for an American audience. In an interview with AFP, he claimed that he sent “Between 100,000 and 150,000” Tourists have been in France for almost 20 years, before the French state, in 2015, asked it to restore the name France.com.
France was seized by a Paris court, and in 2016 ordered the transfer of the domain name to the state, the decision confirmed on appeal in September 2017. Jean-Noel Friedman then appealed in cassation.
Without waiting for the outcome of this appeal, the company Web.com, which manages the IP address, transferred the name to the French state. “To correct the errors that occurred in his work.”, then the businessman turned to American justice, to no avail.
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