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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.

EU approves new Crimea sanctions

The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all investment and restricting trade to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.

  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
  • 17/12/2014 16:32

    US-Cuba relations: Live Report

    15:02 GMT - Cuba frees US prisoner Alan Gross - WELCOME to AFP's Live Report on developments in US-Cuba relations.

  • 17/12/2014 15:10

    Tango treat for birthday boy Pope Francis

    Hundreds of couples performed a tango on St Peter's square on Tuesday in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, the birthplace of the celebrated sultry dance.

  • 17/12/2014 06:27

    Timberlake, Biel expecting first child: ex-bandmate

    Heartthrob couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are expecting their first child, Timberlake's former bandmate says.

  • 17/12/2014 04:51

    British student raises thousands for 'homeless hero'

    A British student has raised thousands of pounds for a "homeless hero" who offered her his last few coins to get home at night after she lost her bank card.

  • 16/12/2014 18:03

    France seeks to ban 'e-joint'

    France sought to stamp out a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, launched Tuesday with the claim it provides all of the relaxation but none of the mind-altering effects of marijuana.

  • 18/12/2014 12:51

    Top EU court rejects British visa rule

    The EU's top court on Thursday found Britain at fault for demanding that non-EU citizens with resident permits issued in other member states must obtain a visa before entering the country.

  • 18/12/2014 12:39

    Police 'missed opportunities' to investigate Savile abuse claims

    Officers "missed opportunities" to investigate child sex abuse claims against notorious BBC presenter Jimmy Savile and one of his friends, a police report said Thursday following an investigation into dozens of historic allegations.

  • 18/12/2014 11:04

    British retail sales surge thanks to 'Black Friday'

    British retail sales rose strongly in November from a month earlier as shoppers snapped up bargains on 'Black Friday' ahead of the festive season, official data showed on Thursday.

  • 18/12/2014 09:44

    FTSE rallies at open after Fed meeting

    London's main share index tracked Tokyo and Wall Street higher on Thursday as dealers welcomed the outcome of a US Federal Reserve policy meeting.

  • 18/12/2014 01:26

    Sex workers protest violence in London

    Prostitutes held a candlelit vigil in London on Wednesday to mark the international day to end violence against sex workers.

  • 18/12/2014 13:02

    EU approves new Crimea sanctions

    The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all investment and restricting trade to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.

  • 18/12/2014 12:47

    Switzerland cuts 2015 growth forecast

    Switzerland on Thursday cut its growth forecast for 2015 as a recovery in the eurozone turns out to be more sluggish than earlier thought.

  • 18/12/2014 12:44

    Airbnb in Amsterdam tourist tax deal, first in Europe

    Airbnb and Amsterdam said on Thursday they had reached a deal for the online lodging site to collect tourist tax on behalf of the city, the first such agreement in Europe.

  • 18/12/2014 12:32

    German named next head of European Space Agency

    Johann-Dietrich Woerner, head of German aerospace giant DLR, is to succeed Frenchman Jean-Jacques Dordain as next director-general of the European Space Agency, ESA announced on Thursday.

  • 18/12/2014 11:31

    'Impossible' for Saudi to reduce oil output: minister

    Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, cannot reduce its output, the kingdom's oil minister said on Thursday despite plunging prices.