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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.

Elton John, partner guests of honor at US gay rights gala

British pop music icon Elton John and his partner David Furnish will be the guests of honor when the Human Rights Campaign hosts its annual gala, the LGBT rights group said 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
  • 01/10/2014 22:03

    Hodgson risks showdown over Sturridge

    England manager Roy Hodgson must decide whether to risk a row with Liverpool by selecting Daniel Sturridge against the wishes of the Premier League club.

  • 01/10/2014 21:06

    Britain's Hill recalled for new EU hearing

    Britain's nominee to be the EU's new financial services commissioner, Jonathan Hill, is to face a new round of questioning by European lawmakers next week after failing to convince them outright on Wednesday he should get the post, lawmakers and sources said.

  • 01/10/2014 20:45

    Ex-governor Patten urges 'genuine dialogue' in Hong Kong

    The last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, called on Wednesday for "genuine dialogue" to resolve pro-democracy protests, adding that China was reneging on its promises to allow the city to decide its own affairs.

  • 01/10/2014 20:32

    British jets strike IS jihadists west of Baghdad

    British fighter jets fired on Islamic State (IS) militants west of Baghdad and in northwest Iraq in two rounds of air strikes Wednesday, the defence ministry in London said.

  • 01/10/2014 18:52

    London shares drop as supermarkets fall on poor Sainsbury sales

    London shares dropped on Wednesday as supermarket shares tumbled in the wake of poor sales figures from Sainsbury's and yet more bad news for Tesco, dealers said.

  • 01/10/2014 22:07

    IMF warns on growth of shadow banking

    Lightly regulated "shadow banking" has grown to huge proportions in the global financial system and increasingly poses a risk to stability, especially in the United States, the IMF said Wednesday.

  • 01/10/2014 22:00

    US, Brazil resolve long-running cotton fight

    The United States and Brazil closed a 12-year-old fight over US cotton subsidies Wednesday, with the US paying $300 million to the Brazilian Cotton Institute to settle the trade battle.

  • 01/10/2014 21:58

    First large-scale carbon capture goes online in Canada

    The world's first large-scale carbon capture and storage -- built into a SaskPower coal-fired power plant in the Canadian prairies -- will be inaugurated Thursday.

  • 01/10/2014 21:48

    World Bank bonuses raise eyebrows amid austerity drive

    The World Bank has awarded bonuses to at least four senior officials as it pursues a cost-cutting restructuring, raising concerns among staff, several sources told AFP on Wednesday.

  • 01/10/2014 17:54

    US manufacturing cools a bit in September

    US manufacturing activity cooled a bit in September from a sizzling August, but the sector mainly was upbeat about the business outlook, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday.

  • 01/10/2014 21:40

    Dettori gets ride on Ruler of the World in Arc

    Italian racing legend Frankie Dettori's hopes of riding his fourth winner in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe received a boost on Wednesday as he was handed the ride on last year's Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World for Sunday's race at Longchamp.

  • 01/10/2014 20:18

    McIlroy voted US PGA Tour Player of Year

    Back-to-back major titles, with a World Golf Championships crown tossed in for good measure, saw Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy voted the US PGA Tour's Player of the Year by his peers.

  • 01/10/2014 19:12

    Bormio World Cup downhill gets the chop

    The men's World Cup downhill event in Bormio will not take place this season for the first time in two decades because of a dispute with the company that operates the ski lifts, the Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) confirmed on Wednesday.

  • 01/10/2014 17:37

    Joy for Iraq in dramatic day of Asian Games athletics

    A sensational triple disqualification in the Asian Games men's 800 metres on Wednesday lifted Iraq's Adnan Taess Akkar from fourth to win his country's first gold medal in Incheon.

  • 01/10/2014 17:24

    N.Korea win Asian Games football gold to repay Kim Jong-Un's love

    North Korea upset defending champions Japan 3-1 to win Asian Games women's football gold on Wednesday -- and again it was all down to leader Kim Jong-Un for sharing his wisdom.