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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.

Inquiry begins into Russian ex-spy's radiation death

The most sensational spy tale since the Cold War lands in a London court on Tuesday as an inquiry begins to examine alleged Russian state involvement in the radiation poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko.

  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.
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 AFP Forum
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 27/01/2015 05:26

    Inquiry begins into Russian ex-spy's radiation death

    The most sensational spy tale since the Cold War lands in a London court on Tuesday as an inquiry begins to examine alleged Russian state involvement in the radiation poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko.

  • 27/01/2015 04:20

    Britain braces for election that could herald EU exit

    Britain is revving up for one of the tightest and most unpredictable elections in memory, as Prime Minister David Cameron fights to retain power and call a referendum on European Union membership.

  • 27/01/2015 04:06

    Burgess could benefit from England injury crisis

    Rugby League convert Sam Burgess could see his bid to gain a place in England's World Cup squad given a boost by the injury crisis engulfing Stuart Lancaster's back division just weeks before the Six Nations starts.

  • 27/01/2015 03:35

    Scottish rugby chief defends Blake call-up

    Vern Cotter did not "send out the wrong message" by picking Hugh Blake in his Scotland Six Nations squad, Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson has insisted.

  • 27/01/2015 03:31

    England face tough task to end cricket World Cup jinx

    England have never won the World Cup, despite hosting four tournaments, including the first three editions, while it is nearly 25 years since they last appeared in a final.

  • 27/01/2015 04:21

    Euro maintains gains, Asia stocks advance

    The euro extended its gains against the dollar on Tuesday while Asian equities climbed on hopes Greece's new government will be able to negotiate a bailout deal with the EU and IMF that will avoid it leaving the eurozone.

  • 27/01/2015 02:56

    Greek anti-austerity coalition takes power after bombshell vote

    Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greece's youngest prime minister in 150 years and was set to lead an anti-austerity coalition after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe.

  • 27/01/2015 01:37

    Caribbean nations seek US help for energy independence

    Caribbean leaders huddled in closed-door talks with top US officials Monday seeking ways to diversify energy supplies as plunging oil prices and political upheavals hit their long-time supplier, Venezuela.

  • 26/01/2015 23:13

    Microsoft profit dips as revenue rises

    Microsoft on Monday reported that its quarterly profit dipped as revenue increased with help from sales of Surface tablets, Xbox One consoles and cloud services.

  • 26/01/2015 22:21

    S&P cuts Russia credit rating to 'junk'

    Standard and Poor's stripped Russia of its investment-grade rating on Monday, cutting it to "junk" status with a warning of weak growth.

  • 27/01/2015 01:09

    NFL kicks off YouTube global game channel

    The US National Football League on Monday kicked off a YouTube channel for games highlights, recaps and more online to viewers worldwide.

  • 26/01/2015 23:47

    Dropkick Murphys angry as Republican governor uses song

    The Dropkick Murphys, the Boston rockers known for their left-wing politics, have voiced outrage after union-busting Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin played their music at a conservative forum.

  • 26/01/2015 23:20

    'American Sniper' still booming at N. America box office

    Clint Eastwood's record-breaking "American Sniper" topped box office charts in North America for a second week, industry figures showed Monday, as debate swirls over the Oscar-nominated war drama.

  • 26/01/2015 19:32

    Sam Smith credits Petty for hit "Stay With Me"

    Sam Smith has agreed to credit Tom Petty as an author of Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" after acknowledging similarities -- which he insists are coincidental -- to "I Won't Back Down."

  • 26/01/2015 07:12

    Colombia's Paulina Vega wins Miss Universe title

    Colombia's Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe Sunday, beating out contenders from the United States, Ukraine, Jamaica and The Netherlands at the world's top beauty pageant in Florida.