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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.

Pakistan cleric says anti-Taliban fight 'un-Islamic'

The head of a hardline Islamabad mosque Friday called an army offensive against the Taliban "un-Islamic" and said the militants' massacre of 133 children was in retaliation for air strikes against them.

  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
  • 19/12/2014 15:02

    Alstom shareholders approve sale energy assets to GE

    Shareholders approved Friday the 12.4-billion-euro ($15.2-billion) sale of Alstom's energy assets to US group General Electric by which the French company will refocus on high speed trains.

  • 19/12/2014 14:15

    European stock, oil markets steady

    European stocks steadied on Friday following sharp gains the previous day, while oil futures rose slightly after sharp falls amid huge volatility across global markets ahead of the festive shutdown.

  • 19/12/2014 13:17

    Russian ruble crisis sparks run on Belarus currency

    Belarussians on Friday reacted with panic to the Russian ruble's plunge, rushing to buy foreign notes as they fear a devaluation of their own currency.

  • 19/12/2014 12:55

    Atos shares soar after Xerox acquisition

    Shares in French tech firm Atos soared nearly five percent on Friday as traders cheered the news it had bought the IT wing of Xerox for more than $1 billion.

  • 19/12/2014 12:37

    Austria sues German state bank for 3.5 bn euros

    A long-running legal tussle between Austria and Bavaria took a new twist Friday as Vienna sued the southern German region's state bank for 3.5 billion euros ($4.3 billion).

  • 19/12/2014 15:47

    Van Gaal still waiting for 'perfect' United

    Louis van Gaal has told his predecessor Alex Ferguson he is still far from happy with Manchester United’s performances despite an impressive run that has catapulted them into the Premier League top three.

  • 19/12/2014 15:45

    Hughes' death unites cricket in grief

    Cricket confronted tragedy in 2014 with the death of Phillip Hughes after the Australia batsman was hit by a bouncer in a domestic first-class match.

  • 19/12/2014 15:33

    Spurs shine brightest in NBA's 2014

    The NBA's defining moment in 2014 was supposed to be the San Antonio Spurs return to championship glory, but that was before the Donald Sterling saga took on a life of its own.

  • 19/12/2014 12:29

    Ecclestone returns to F1 board

    Formula One's commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has rejoined the board of the Formula One group which runs the sport after stepping down to fight his bribery case in Germany.

  • 19/12/2014 11:21

    Johnson batting rampage as India's goading tactics backfire

    India paid a high price for goading Mitchell Johnson as the incensed paceman turning around the second Gabba Test with an explosive batting cameo.