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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.

Early arrival to hardcourts pays off for Murray

Britain's third-ranked Andy Murray has spent a week adjusting to hardcourts ahead of the ATP Washington Open, his earliest arrival to any event this year paying off with confident strokes.

  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
  • 03/08/2015 19:58

    Climate: No 'Plan B' for oceans, says study

    Technology to drain heat-trapping CO2 from the atmosphere may slow global warming, but will not reverse climate damage to the ocean on any meaningful timescale, according to research published Monday.

  • 03/08/2015 17:00

    The demise of hitchBOT: 'Bad things happen to good robots'

    HitchBOT -- the adorable hitch-hiking robot cobbled together from household odds-and-ends -- prematurely ended its summer travels across America, after being destroyed by vandals and abandoned on the side of a road, its creators said.

  • 03/08/2015 11:34

    Newborn girl abandoned in Chinese toilet: report

    A newborn baby girl was abandoned in a Beijing public toilet and fell head-first down the pipe, reports said Monday, after her mother apparently gave birth in the facility.

  • 03/08/2015 08:12

    The changing face of Russia's emblematic matryoshka dolls

    From cheery peasant girls in Tsarist times to Soviet-era cosmonauts to today's Pussy Riots, the changing face of Russia's matryoshka nesting dolls reflects the country's tumultuous history.

  • 02/08/2015 11:32

    Cecil the lion lights up New York's Empire State building

    A giant photo of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected Saturday onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling display.

  • 03/08/2015 20:06

    Finland seeks to cut labour costs

    Finland's centre-right government announced on Monday plans to cut the cost of labour by five percent to boost competitiveness and revive Finland's slumping economy.

  • 03/08/2015 19:34

    Romania pursues Lukoil for money laundering

    Romanian prosecutors on Monday sent Russian oil major Lukoil to trial on charges of defrauding its local refinery 1.7 billion euros ($1.9 billion).

  • 03/08/2015 19:04

    French bank Societe Generale drawn into E.Guinea graft probe

    French bank Societe Generale has been drawn into the corruption case against the son of Equatorial Guinea's president, a judicial source said on Monday.

  • 03/08/2015 18:29

    Exor strikes $6.9 bn deal to buy PartnerRe

    Italian-based investment company Exor, controlled by the Agnelli family, said Monday it had struck a $6.9 billion (6.3 billion euro) deal to buy reinsurer PartnerRe.

  • 03/08/2015 17:04

    US manufacturing slows a tick in July

    US manufacturing activity slowed slightly in July amid weaker export orders and a continued drag from falling oil prices, the Institute for Supply Management reported Monday.

  • 03/08/2015 20:41

    Girls rule worlds pool as records tumble

    Girl power prevailed at the world swimming championships on Monday as three women's records fell and Hungary's 'Iron Lady' Katinka Hosszu lived up to her nickname.

  • 03/08/2015 20:05

    Wales upbeat on North's World Cup progress

    Wales wing George North is on course to feature at the World Cup as he battles to recover from his concussion problems, according to his country's skills coach Neil Jenkins.

  • 03/08/2015 19:48

    Bok stars De Villiers, Du Preez may face Pumas

    South Africa skipper and centre Jean de Villiers and star scrum-half Fourie du Preez could start against Argentina this weekend after long injury lay-offs, the team doctor said Monday.

  • 03/08/2015 19:35

    Nevill says beaten Aussies united despite 'complex' call

    Australia wicketkeeper Peter Nevill has insisted the tourists remain united despite the "complex situation" which saw him included in the side for their third Ashes Test defeat by England.

  • 03/08/2015 19:24

    Argentina dump eight for Springboks Test

    Argentina have dropped eight starters from the recent hammering by Australia for a 2015 Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Durban Saturday.