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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.

Lloyds bank fined £218m over Libor rigging

Britain's Lloyds Banking Group is to pay £218 million ($370 million, 276 million euros) in fines to British and US regulators for attempting to rig inter-bank lending rates, the bank said Monday.

  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
  • 28/07/2014 10:44

    Russia ordered to pay Yukos shareholders $50 bn

    The arbitration court in The Hague has ordered Russia to pay shareholders of Yukos $50 billion in compensation over its seizure of the one-time oil giant, main shareholder GML Ltd said in London on Monday.

  • 28/07/2014 09:57

    Koala survives terrifying ride clinging to car

    Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive Monday after surviving a terrifying 88-kilometre (54.5-mile) ride down a busy Australian freeway clinging to the bottom of a car.

  • 28/07/2014 06:00

    Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

    The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban.

  • 27/07/2014 19:40

    Ukraine rebels appeal to WWII spirit with Soviet posters

    Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine are turning to Soviet World War II posters to spread their message of fighting against Ukrainian "fascists" in a part of the world that was flattened by Nazi troops.

  • 27/07/2014 12:48

    38 killed as Libya army, Islamists clash in Benghazi

    At least 38 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in 24 hours of fierce fighting between the Libyan army and Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said Sunday.

  • 28/07/2014 15:25

    Lloyds bank fined £218m over Libor rigging

    Britain's Lloyds Banking Group is to pay £218 million ($370 million, 276 million euros) in fines to British and US regulators for attempting to rig inter-bank lending rates, the bank said Monday.

  • 28/07/2014 14:13

    England 358-3 against India

    England, after winning the toss, were 358 for three against India at lunch on the second day of the third Test at Southampton on Monday.

  • 28/07/2014 14:00

    Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists

    Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found.

  • 28/07/2014 13:56

    Top Gear's Clarkson used 'racial term' in Myanmar special

    The BBC's flagship motoring show Top Gear breached broadcasting regulations over a "pejorative racial term" used by Jeremy Clarkson in an episode on Myanmar, the watchdog Ofcom said on Monday.

  • 28/07/2014 13:38

    Bowls gold for S.Africa in Glasgow Commonwealth Games

    South Africa took the first gold medal on the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Monday when they defeated Northern Ireland 19-10 in the men's lawn bowls triples final.

  • 28/07/2014 13:42

    F1 team Caterham face legal action from axed staff

    The struggling Caterham Formula One team faces possible legal action from a group of around 40 former staff who were axed by a new management team following this month's takeover.

  • 28/07/2014 13:18

    Hungarian GP forces Mercedes rethink on team orders

    Mercedes are to review their team orders policy after Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix with team chief Niki Lauda backing Lewis Hamilton for ignoring instructions to allow Nico Rosberg to overtake.

  • 28/07/2014 12:31

    Kazakhstan wants Tour de France

    After Kazakhstan won the Tour de France, the Central Asian state now wants to host the Tour, a top official said Monday.

  • 28/07/2014 12:24

    Griezmann to join Spanish champions Atletico

    Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign France international Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad, the Spanish champions announced on Monday.

  • 28/07/2014 08:18

    South Africa 55-2 at lunch on day five

    South Africa were 55-2 on Monday when an early lunch was taken following a rain interruption on the fifth and final day of the series-deciding second Test against Sri Lanka.