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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.

Mexicans to light pope's route with mobile phones

Worshipers will line the roadside holding up their mobile telephones to light the way for Pope Francis when he arrives on his visit to Mexico next week, organizers said Sunday.

  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
  • 07/02/2016 22:38

    Bus film stunt explosion shakes Londoners

    The explosion of a red double decker bus in central London on Sunday alarmed witnesses unaware that it was actually a stunt for a Jackie Chan action film.

  • 07/02/2016 20:43

    Wales more frustrated than Ireland by Six Nations draw

    Ireland captain Rory Best was more satisfied than his Wales counterpart Sam Warburton after the sides played out a 16-16 draw in Dublin on Sunday.

  • 07/02/2016 20:22

    Saracens extend lead with win at Exeter

    Leaders Saracens tightened their grip on the English Premiership with a come-from-behind 14-11 win at second-placed Exeter on Sunday.

  • 07/02/2016 19:48

    Terry keen to prolong Chelsea stay

    Chelsea captain John Terry reiterated his desire to extend his contract with the Premier League champions on Sunday, a week after announcing he would leave the club at the end of the season.

  • 07/02/2016 19:27

    Costa and Chelsea keep heat on Van Gaal

    Diego Costa pounced in stoppage time as Chelsea nipped Manchester United's mini-revival in the bud with a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday.

  • 07/02/2016 21:04

    'Star Wars' hits $2 billion global sales mark

    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has soared to the $2 billion mark in global ticket sales, Disney announced Sunday, as the movie landed in fourth place at the North American box office, behind "Kung Fu Panda 3" in the top spot.

  • 07/02/2016 18:29

    Israel mulling twin gas pipelines to Turkey, Greece: energy minister

    Israel is looking to exploit its substantial natural gas reserves with two potential pipeline projects to Turkey and Greece, its Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz announced Sunday.

  • 07/02/2016 16:27

    Air Arabia profit slips 6 pct in 2015

    Sharjah-based budget carrier Air Arabia said on Sunday its 2015 net profit fell six percent to 531 million dirhams ($144.69 million) although turnover rose slightly.

  • 07/02/2016 15:06

    Germany shuts down German arm of Canada's Maple Bank

    The German financial sector watchdog, BaFin, said Sunday it has shut down the German arm of Canadian lender Maple Bank until further notice due to looming over-indebtedness.

  • 07/02/2016 14:55

    Iran carmaker reveals 427m euros in Peugeot perks

    French carmaker Peugeot is to provide Iran Khodro with 427 million euros in debt waivers, bonuses and discounts under their first post-sanctions deal, the Iranian manufacturer said Sunday.

  • 07/02/2016 21:36

    Russia humiliated in Fed Cup, Swiss into semi-finals

    Russia and Italy, who have won eight of the last 12 Fed Cup titles, crashed out of this year's tournament Sunday as defending champions Czech Republic survived to set-up a semi-final duel with Switzerland.

  • 07/02/2016 21:00

    Bautista Agut wins Sofia Open for fourth title

    Spanish top seed Roberto Bautista Agut captured the inaugural Sofia Open on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Serb second seed Viktor Troicki for a fourth career title.

  • 07/02/2016 19:29

    Costa rescues Chelsea, Arsenal bounce back

    Diego Costa snaffled a stoppage-time equaliser to preserve interim manager Guus Hiddink's unbeaten record as Chelsea snatched a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

  • 07/02/2016 19:13

    Hamburg stop rot as Mueller rescues point against Cologne

    Hamburg broke their run of three league defeats with a 1-1 draw at home to Cologne on Sunday in the Bundesliga on a weekend of stalemates for Germany's top sides.

  • 07/02/2016 19:09

    Picamoles out for several weeks

    France No.8 Louis Picamoles may play no further part in the Six Nations after pulling a hamstring, the national team said on Sunday.