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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.

Britain to stay in EU: top European diplomat Mogherini

Britain will stay in the European Union, the 28-nation group's top diplomat predicted Wednesday, a day ahead of an election in which incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on membership.

  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
  • 06/05/2015 13:08

    Britain to stay in EU: top European diplomat Mogherini

    Britain will stay in the European Union, the 28-nation group's top diplomat predicted Wednesday, a day ahead of an election in which incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on membership.

  • 06/05/2015 12:54

    Ten key seats in the UK election

    Britain's general election on Thursday promises to be the closest in living memory with newer, smaller parties on the right and left threatening to disrupt the old order.

  • 06/05/2015 12:17

    Schools run mock elections to instill 'British values'

    Thirteen-year-old British schoolboy Jeffrey is planning to vote Labour. Not in Thursday's general election, but in a mock vote organised by his school as part of a drive to promote "British values".

  • 06/05/2015 09:42

    Sainsbury's slumps into annual loss

    Sainsbury's on Wednesday revealed it had plunged into an annual loss as Britain's biggest supermarkets face fierce competition from German-owned discounters Aldi and Lidl.

  • 06/05/2015 06:28

    Voters prepare for election cliffhanger

    Voters head to the polls on Thursday for their most unpredictable election in living memory, with fears of weeks of brinksmanship as the two major parties struggle to cobble together workable coalitions.

  • 06/05/2015 12:53

    Vestas raises forecast after record order intake

    Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems Wednesday raised its full-year guidance after posting an 18 percent revenue rise in a "historically strong first quarter" that saw orders rise to record levels.

  • 06/05/2015 12:10

    EU launches anti-trust probe into e-commerce sector

    The EU formally opened an anti-trust inquiry into Europe's online shopping marketplace on Wednesday amid concerns about how major websites such as Amazon and Google use their influence.

  • 06/05/2015 12:03

    Denmark halts fracking at Total site

    Denmark said Wednesday that it had stopped the first exploratory drilling for shale gas in the country a day after it began, accusing French company Total of using an unauthorised chemical.

  • 06/05/2015 11:36

    Hugo Boss 'positive' for full-year despite drop in Q1 profits

    German fashion house Hugo Boss said Wednesday that profits fell in the first three months of 2015, but the outlook for the whole year was positive.

  • 06/05/2015 11:23

    France, India pledge swift conclusion to fighter jet deal

    France's defence minister and his Indian counterpart pledged Wednesday to quickly wrap up negotiations over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, agreeing to set up teams to nail down the deal.

  • 06/05/2015 12:12

    Mourinho to extend Chelsea deal - reports

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his current contract, according to reports in the British media on Wednesday.

  • 06/05/2015 11:29

    Team captain Coloccini calls for Newcastle unity

    Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has written an open letter to supporters calling for unity as the club face up to the threat of relegation from the Premier League.

  • 06/05/2015 11:03

    Pakistan 196-2 in second Bangladesh Test

    Pakistan were 196 for two at tea on the opening day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Wednesday.

  • 06/05/2015 10:58

    China hammer thrower's gold medal reinstated

    Chinese women's hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu had her 2014 Asian Games gold medal reinstated Wednesday after successfully overturning a positive drugs test, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced.

  • 06/05/2015 09:15

    Lindsey Vonn brushes off Tiger Woods split, targets gold

    American ski queen Lindsey Vonn ducked questions Wednesday about her split from Tiger Woods and said she was firmly focused on reclaiming her Olympic downhill crown at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.