London - France strongly attacked the US-based body that assigns internet addresses on Wednesday, saying it was not a fit venue for internet governance and that alternatives should be sought.
The eurozone's second-largest economy has been at war with the body, which assigns domain names like '.com' and runs crucial internet infrastructure, over the '.wine' and '.vin' suffixes being rolled out as part of an unprecedented expansion of domains.
On Wednesday France failed in a bid to freeze the assigning of the domains, which it believes should be restricted to protect trade agreements on region-specific products like champagne.
“ICANN's procedures highlight its inability to take into account the legitimate concerns of states,” the French delegation to ICANN's 50th meeting, taking place in London, said in a statement.
“Today ICANN is not the appropriate forum to discuss Internet governance.”