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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.

Local hero Park sticks to freestyle in Asian Games

South Korea's swimming hero Park Tae-Hwan will stick to freestyle races at the Asian Games as the local hero prepares for three explosive clashes with China's Olympic champion Sun Yang.

  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
  • 17/09/2014 23:17

    Fashion royalty watches as Gucci takes fans on 70s trip

    Gucci took an audience sprinkled with fashion royalty on a mind-expanding trip back to the early 1970s on Wednesday as the global style powerhouse unveiled its 2015 spring/summer womenswear collection.

  • 17/09/2014 23:01

    Sweeteners boost diabetes risk

    Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study Wednesday that urged a rethink of their widespread use and endorsement.

  • 17/09/2014 21:25

    FA chief backs video replays for referees

    Video replays to help football referees in key decision-making moments such as awarding penalties received the backing of England's Football Association chairman Greg Dyke on Wednesday.

  • 17/09/2014 11:26

    Virginity worth $5,000, Chinese court rules

    A Chinese woman who sued a man for "violating her right to virginity" after he wooed her with false promises has been awarded nearly $5,000 by a court, reports said Wednesday.

  • 17/09/2014 06:36

    Good Bye Marx! Hungary cleans up for Orban's revolution

    Budapest's Corvinus University is no hotbed of communist troublemakers and far from nostalgic for the old regime, but students are pining for a cherished bronze of Karl Marx removed last week.

  • 18/09/2014 11:15

    Pregnant Kate cancels Malta trip due to morning sickness

    Prince William will take the place of his wife Kate for a visit to Malta this weekend because she is suffering from acute morning sickness, Kensington Palace said on Thursday.

  • 18/09/2014 10:31

    Andy Murray appears to back Scottish independence in tweet

    Scottish tennis star Andy Murray on Thursday appeared to lend his support to independence on polling day and condemned negative tactics by the "No" camp in a tweet that quickly went viral.

  • 18/09/2014 09:52

    European stocks edge up but hang on Scotland vote

    Europe's stock markets edged higher at the start of trading on Thursday, with all eyes on Scotland's independence referendum, and after Fed-inspired gains overnight on Wall Street.

  • 18/09/2014 09:39

    Polls open in Scottish independence vote

    Polling booths opened on Thursday in Scotland's historic referendum on independence, with record numbers of Scots expected to cast their vote on whether to stay or leave the United Kingdom.

  • 18/09/2014 08:08

    Polls open in Scottish independence vote

    Polling booths opened on Thursday in Scotland's historic referendum on independence, with record numbers expected to cast their vote on whether to stay or leave the United Kingdom.

  • 18/09/2014 11:15

    India PM Modi raises border dispute with China's Xi

    India's prime minister told China's visiting President Xi Jinping Thursday it was important to have peace on the two countries' disputed border, as a stand-off between troops at the frontier overshadowed key talks.

  • 18/09/2014 09:24

    Under-fire Hollande faces press grilling

    French President Francois Hollande holds a rare and hotly awaited news conference later Thursday as the embattled and deeply unpopular leader seeks to turn the tide on a catastrophic few weeks.

  • 18/09/2014 08:38

    Five diamond thieves arrested at Hong Kong gem fair

    Five would-be diamond thieves have been arrested this week for trying to steal gems worth $880,000 at a jewellery fair in Hong Kong, police said on Thursday.

  • 18/09/2014 06:01

    At least 15 police hurt as thousands rally in Ecuador

    At least 15 officers were wounded and multiple arrests were reported in Quito as thousands gathered for rallies for and against leftist President Rafael Correa, officials said.

  • 18/09/2014 05:25

    Iran's Rouhani slams US troop veto in IS fight

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the United States for its refusal to send troops into combat in the battle against Islamic State militants he claimed were seeking to "kill humanity."

  • 18/09/2014 10:46

    Ericsson to stop making modems, shed hundreds of jobs

    Swedish telecom equipment company Ericsson said on Thursday that it would stop developing modems, a decision affecting almost 1,600 employees worldwide which is expected to lead to hundreds of job cuts.

  • 18/09/2014 10:24

    easyJet finalises $2 bn Airbus order

    British no-frills airline easyJet said on Thursday it had finalised a deal to buy 27 single-aisle A320 jets worth $2.05 billion (1.59 billion euros) at list prices from European aircraft maker Airbus.

  • 18/09/2014 09:55

    Germany's Bayer says will float chemicals division

    German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, maker of Aspirin painkiller, said on Thursday it intends to float its chemicals Material Science division to focus on its life sciences activities in human and animal health.

  • 18/09/2014 07:11

    Weak yen fails to boost exports as Japan logs trade deficit

    Japan on Thursday posted its 26th consecutive monthly trade deficit, as a sharply weaker yen failed to lift exports as the world's number three economy stalls.

  • 18/09/2014 06:51

    Asian shares mixed after Fed decision

    Asian markets were mixed on Thursday while the dollar rallied after the Federal Reserve stuck to its timetable on hiking interest rates but indicated they could rise more sharply than initially envisaged.

  • 18/09/2014 11:16

    Local hero Park sticks to freestyle in Asian Games

    South Korea's swimming hero Park Tae-Hwan will stick to freestyle races at the Asian Games as the local hero prepares for three explosive clashes with China's Olympic champion Sun Yang.

  • 18/09/2014 09:10

    Early exit for Swiss dream team Hingis, Bencic

    Former world number one Martina Hingis and rising star Belinda Bencic ended their first time together as a dream doubles team for Switzerland in the Pan Pacific Open second round Thursday.

  • 18/09/2014 08:54

    'Gangnam Style' welcome met by 'Pyongyang Style' silence at Asiad

    North Korea were welcomed to the Asian Games on Thursday to the strains of "Gangnam Style", their athletes and officials gave a polite smile but put up a wall of stony silence in return.

  • 18/09/2014 08:45

    China's tennis star Li Na set to retire: state media

    China's two-time Grand Slam-winner Li Na is poised to retire, state media reported Thursday, in a move which would bring down the curtains on Asia's most successful tennis career.

  • 18/09/2014 08:30

    Henry says defeat good for All Blacks

    New Zealand's World Cup-winning former coach Graham Henry has expressed concerns about the All Blacks' long unbeaten streak and suggested Thursday it might do them good to lose before the 2015 World Cup.