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The AFP provides 16 major news services, which are verified and broadcast in real time.

Thanks to its international network and editorial expertise, the AFP is able to provide high quality text services to press, audiovisual, mobile and online news professionals.

London's FTSE rises at open

London shares rose at the start of trading on Thursday with investors taking their lead from other European, markets boosted by reports of a possible US takeover of French industrial giant Alstom.

  1. 5.000
    dispatches, 1.250 as illustrated articles, per day
  2. 6
    major languages

    French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese

  3. 23

    Stories delivered in XML format Metadata for optimal integration.

5000 dispatches, 1250 as illustrated articles, per day, 6 majors languages

The AFP’s text services provide everything from breaking news to features, reports, interviews and profiles.

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All news categories are covered, with a particular focus on politics, economics, sport and social issues.

All stories are subject to our rigorous rules on verification, contextualisation and perspective.

AFP journalists on the ground in France and around the world, at times of war and peace, constantly strive to meet the expectations of news professionals in terms of speed and reliability.



Each and everyday, an average of :

French: 1.500 stories
English: 700 stories
Spanish: 400 stories
Arabic: 250 stories
Deutsch: 200 stories
Portuguese: 150 stories


Coverage which is both regional and international

AFP covers both international and regional news. This is why every text service has its own specific regional identity combining world news and news from the continent and area where it is based. Find out more
AFP’s text services regularly publish editorial calendars and memos that enable our customers to plan news coverage. Regional agendas list major events scheduled to take place the following day, week and month. Detailed regional coverage forecasts are also updated and made available several times per day.
AFP’s network is present in 150 countries throughout the world. The Agency has some 2,200 employees, of 80 different nationalities who keep constant watch on developments, from a multicultural perspective. The responsiveness of the Agency’s network means that teams can be moved quickly to global hotspots.

AFP’s text products can be used either via access to the complete content of one or more services, or via a category based selection in one or more languages, according to client needs.

AFP’s text services are covered by a global news reporting policy, which also includes the photo, video, graphics and multimedia services.

Thousands of customers all over the world use AFP’s text services on a daily basis to meet their various needs:

  • News professionals
  • Suppliers and integrators of mobile and multimedia services
  • Companies and Institutions
  • Public screen network operators
  • Available languages: French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese
  • Metadata: keywords, IPTC, financial codes. All AFP stories contain themed keywords describing the key news points, along with IPTC tag names. Stories covering listed companies include the company’s stock market value code.
  • Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Disseminated: internationally.
  • Delivery: satellite, FTP, download site
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 24/04/2014 09:20

    Praise and playtime for royals in Canberra

    Prince William and wife Catherine visited children at a playground and received warm praise from Australia's monarchist prime minister in the capital Canberra on Thursday, the penultimate day of their royal tour.

  • 24/04/2014 04:40

    US judge dismisses Tarantino lawsuit against website

    A US judge threw out a lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino seeking $1 million from a gossip website for helping leak a screenplay for his latest planned movie.

  • 23/04/2014 15:08

    Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

    Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

  • 23/04/2014 09:28

    Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake

    Prince William on Wednesday visited the South Australian town named after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, where he and wife Kate met disadvantaged youngsters and tried their hands at DJ-ing.

  • 23/04/2014 04:23

    Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers.

  • 24/04/2014 10:20

    London's FTSE rises at open

    London shares rose at the start of trading on Thursday with investors taking their lead from other European, markets boosted by reports of a possible US takeover of French industrial giant Alstom.

  • 24/04/2014 10:03

    AstraZeneca drugs group says profits halved, blames generics

    AstraZeneca, the British pharmaceutical giant, announced on Thursday a halving of net profits in the first quarter, hit by generic competition following the loss of exclusivity for key drugs.

  • 24/04/2014 09:54

    F1 boss Ecclestone's bribery trial starts in Germany

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany Thursday accused of bribery in a case which threatens a jail term for the Briton.

  • 24/04/2014 03:55

    Cornish people win minority status

    Cornish people are to be recognised as a national minority group for the first time, giving them the same rights as the country's other minorities, Chief Secretary Danny Alexander announced Thursday.

  • 24/04/2014 01:16

    UK enlists Muslim women to help stop Syria jihadists

    British police reached out to Muslim women on Thursday in an attempt to prevent young people going to fight in Syria, after a sharp rise in arrests related to the conflict.

  • 24/04/2014 06:28

    Lincoln, Cadillac chase Audi in China luxury market

    Classic American luxury brands Lincoln and Cadillac are taking on Germany's long-dominant Audi in China, but face a market leader fortified by enviable brand awareness built over years as officialdom's favourite car.

  • 24/04/2014 05:41

    Rana Plaza one year on: brands and buyers make few changes

    One year on from the tragedy at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh's worst ever industrial disaster in which more than 1,000 factory workers died, has anything really changed in the fast-fashion brands on Western high streets?

  • 24/04/2014 05:05

    Venezuela's Maduro promises importers overdue hard currency

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised to pay back billions of dollars in government debt to disgruntled importers, after widespread shortages of basic goods helped fuel months of deadly anti-government protests.

  • 24/04/2014 03:52

    General Electric in talks to buy Alstom

    US industrial giant General Electric is in discussions to take over France's Alstom in a deal which could cost more than $13 billion, Bloomberg reported.

  • 23/04/2014 22:47

    Apple reports profit of $10.2 bn in quarter

    Apple on Wednesday reported that it made a profit of $10.2 billion in the first three months of this year on revenues that inched up to $45.6 billion.

  • 24/04/2014 09:27

    In US coming out party, Bollywood finds curious fans

    Teresita Alonso had never watched an Indian film until she browsed the home-order television service Netflix and, noticing the favorable reviews, took a chance on "My Name Is Khan."

  • 23/04/2014 12:17

    Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine

    Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours.

  • 23/04/2014 07:48

    With awards, Bollywood shows growing imprint in US

    Bollywood this week throws its premier awards event for the first time in the United States, which has quietly become the leading overseas market for India's prolific film industry.

  • 22/04/2014 15:36

    Restored 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' gets Cannes slot

    A restored version of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" marking the slasher film's 40th anniversary will be shown in Cannes next month as part of the Directors' Fortnight.

  • 22/04/2014 15:23

    Amsterdam chief conductor Mariss Jansons to step down

    The chief conductor of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, is to step down at the end of the season after leading the world-famous ensemble for a decade, the RCO announced on Tuesday.

  • 24/04/2014 07:40

    Mavericks beat mistake-prone Spurs to level series

    Monta Ellis tallied 21 points and Shawn Marion scored 20 as the Dallas Mavericks routed the error-prone San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to level their opening round NBA playoff series at 1-1.

  • 24/04/2014 07:24

    Buoyant Benfica set for Juventus showdown

    Having shaken off the hangover from their title celebrations on Sunday, Portuguese champions Benfica host Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

  • 24/04/2014 07:05

    Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    LeBron James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh tallied 20 points as the host Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series.

  • 24/04/2014 06:06

    German bribery trial threatens Ecclestone's F1 reign

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany on Thursday facing bribery charges in a case which threatens his nearly 40-year-reign of the motor sport.

  • 24/04/2014 05:33

    Super Bowl champ Seahawks in NFL opener

    The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers will kick off the 2014 National Football League's regular season, the league announced.