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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.

Flu keeps Bale on bench for Bayern clash

Struggling with flu, Gareth Bale had to make do with a place on Real Madrid's bench for their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

  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
  • 23/04/2014 15:08

    Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

    Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

  • 23/04/2014 09:28

    Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake

    Prince William on Wednesday visited the South Australian town named after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, where he and wife Kate met disadvantaged youngsters and tried their hands at DJ-ing.

  • 23/04/2014 04:23

    Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers.

  • 23/04/2014 03:38

    Canadian woman's letter arrives -- after 45-year delay

    A 45-year-old letter arrived in the mailbox of a Canadian woman, who received the correspondence from her younger sister decades after it was sent, Canadian media reported.

  • 22/04/2014 21:50

    Florida is 'Ground Zero' for sea level rise

    Warm sunshine and sandy beaches make south Florida and its crown city, Miami, a haven for tourists, but the area is increasingly endangered by sea level rise, experts said Tuesday.

  • 23/04/2014 19:52

    Mourinho, Faria, Ramires charged by FA

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, assistant Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires have been charged over their behaviour during their side's loss to Sunderland last weekend, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.

  • 23/04/2014 19:19

    Farbrace appointed England assistant coach

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) continued the restructuring of the England coaching set-up on Wednesday by announcing the appointment of Paul Farbrace as assistant coach.

  • 23/04/2014 19:09

    Cook hits second ton of English county season

    England captain Alastair Cook hit his second century of the new County Championship season as Essex played out a draw with Surrey at The Oval on Wednesday.

  • 23/04/2014 18:45

    London shares end lower on China concerns

    London shares closed slightly lower on Wednesday despite strong eurozone data, dragged down by concerns about the Chinese economy amid anxiety about the Ukraine crisis.

  • 23/04/2014 18:24

    Home-town honour reduces Murray to tears

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray fought to hold back tears on Wednesday after being awarded the ceremonial freedom of his Scottish home town, Sterling.

  • 23/04/2014 17:55

    DR Congo train crash kills 37

    Dozens of people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the government said.

  • 23/04/2014 17:30

    Bomb kills police general in Cairo

    A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Egypt's capital within a week.

  • 23/04/2014 16:14

    Palestinians to 'form unity govt in weeks'

    Rival Palestinian movements agreed Wednesday to form a unity government within five weeks to end seven years of divided administration, the PLO and the Hamas rulers of Gaza said.

  • 23/04/2014 15:09

    'Unidentified material' under investigation for MH370 link

    Authorities are investigating whether "unidentified material" washed up on the southwest coast of Australia has any link to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, officials said Wednesday.

  • 23/04/2014 14:13

    Turkish PM offers condolences over mass WWI killings of Armenians

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences to the descendants of the victims of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops during World War I.

  • 23/04/2014 12:17

    Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine

    Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours.

  • 23/04/2014 07:48

    With awards, Bollywood shows growing imprint in US

    Bollywood this week throws its premier awards event for the first time in the United States, which has quietly become the leading overseas market for India's prolific film industry.

  • 22/04/2014 15:36

    Restored 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' gets Cannes slot

    A restored version of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" marking the slasher film's 40th anniversary will be shown in Cannes next month as part of the Directors' Fortnight.

  • 22/04/2014 15:23

    Amsterdam chief conductor Mariss Jansons to step down

    The chief conductor of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, is to step down at the end of the season after leading the world-famous ensemble for a decade, the RCO announced on Tuesday.

  • 22/04/2014 07:27

    Crouching Tiger prequel to film in New Zealand

    A prequel to the Oscar-winning Chinese martial arts epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" will be shot in New Zealand this year, Film Auckland said Tuesday.

  • 23/04/2014 19:58

    Flu keeps Bale on bench for Bayern clash

    Struggling with flu, Gareth Bale had to make do with a place on Real Madrid's bench for their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

  • 23/04/2014 19:46

    Sharapova pleased despite early Stuttgart scare

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova admits she had a tough opening in her bid to win a third straight Stuttgart WTA tournament title after her three-sets win over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

  • 23/04/2014 18:54

    Klitschko brushes off 'whiner, softie' jibes

    World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko dismissed accusations of being a 'whiner' and a 'softie' from an ex-sparring partner ahead of Saturday's world title fight against Australia's Alex Leapai.

  • 23/04/2014 18:31

    Game entering new era say Stenson, Poulter

    Golf is entering a new era, according to stars Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter, with one player unlikely to dominate in the way Tiger Woods did during his prime.

  • 23/04/2014 18:27

    Yamanaka retains belt with fifth straight KO

    Japan's Shinsuke Yamanaka floored Belgian challenger Stephane Jamoye four times with his killer left hand Wednesday to retain his World Boxing Council bantamweight title with a fifth straight knockout win.

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