Jean-Noel Frydman owned and operated the domain named France.com from 1994. Last month, a court ruling gave it to the French government. The website currently redirects viewers to the English version of France.fr website.
Jean-Noel Frydman wants to regain control as he has said that the government was well aware of the website and what he was doing. The domain name on 10 February 1994 and launched the “digital kiosk” about a year and a half later.
Mr Frydman built up the website for the next 20 years. He had collaborated with the French tourism agency and the consulate in Los Angeles. The tourism bureau even awarded Mr Frydman’s site in 2009 with a “Best Website” award.
The legal battle began in 2015. However, the case is currently being appealed in France’s highest court. He has also accused the government of “cyber-squatting” and “reverse domain-name hijacking.”