American man sues France for taking domain from him


France is being sued for millions of dollars after it seized the website “” from an American citizen who had owned the domain name for more than 20 years.

Jean-Noël Frydman, a French-born American, bought the rights for in 1994, using it as French information site for US tourists. 

The domain name, supplied by domain provider, was seized from Frydman in March, with the site now redirecting to, a tourism board published by French agency Atout France.

Frydman is now suing the French foreign ministry alleging the loss of the domain will cost him “millions of dollars in branding, marketing, and business development efforts”. 

Frydman said the French government…