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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.

Retail sales rise 0.1% in July: official data

Retail sales grew by a weaker-than-expected 0.1 percent in July from the level in June, official data showed on Thursday.

  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
  • 21/08/2014 06:35

    Parents of US journalist Foley praise their 'fearless' son

    Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, executed by Islamic State jihadists, with his parents praising their "fearless" son.

  • 20/08/2014 18:49

    James Foley: focus on humanity amid suffering

    American journalist James Foley was a beloved companion to colleagues in dangerous corners of the Middle East and battled to tell the human stories of civilians caught up in chaos.

  • 20/08/2014 15:24

    Sierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

    It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer's claims to special powers.

  • 20/08/2014 07:15

    Tide turns for shark fin in China

    A sprawling market floor in Guangzhou was once a prime location for shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies. But now it lies deserted, thanks to a ban from official banquet tables and a celebrity-driven ad campaign.

  • 20/08/2014 04:18

    Celebrities in 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight disease

    Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates are among many celebrities pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating to fight Lou Gehrig's disease, in a fundraising effort that has gone viral.

  • 21/08/2014 11:34

    Retail sales rise 0.1% in July: official data

    Retail sales grew by a weaker-than-expected 0.1 percent in July from the level in June, official data showed on Thursday.

  • 21/08/2014 10:19

    London stocks flat at open

    London shares were flat at the start of trading on Thursday as US Federal Reserve minutes suggested interest rates could be hiked sooner than expected.

  • 21/08/2014 10:08

    Former Ireland prime minister Reynolds dies aged 81

    Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81, Irish broadcaster RTE reported Thursday.

  • 21/08/2014 02:41

    Human trafficking to Britain rising, police say

    The numbers of people trafficked into Britain and Northern Ireland are likely to rise again in 2014 after a leap of almost 50 percent last year, police said on Wednesday.

  • 21/08/2014 02:24

    Drunk man boards plane by climbing bag carousel

    A 22-year old man who boarded an aeroplane by climbing through a baggage carousel, evading security, cannot remember how he did it because he was too drunk at the time, a court heard on Wednesday.

  • 21/08/2014 10:11

    Israeli strikes kill 15 on day 45 of Gaza war

    Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among at least 15 Palestinians killed in Gaza Thursday as Israel stepped up air strikes on day 45 of the bloody conflict.

  • 21/08/2014 09:23

    Former Ireland prime minister Reynolds dies aged 81

    Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81, Irish broadcaster RTE reported on Thursday.

  • 21/08/2014 08:49

    Indonesian court to rule on presidential election challenge

    An Indonesian court was Thursday expected to uphold Joko Widodo's victory in last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent after weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy.

  • 21/08/2014 06:23

    Rescuers comb through aftermath of Japan landslide

    About 3,000 rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.

  • 21/08/2014 06:14

    Thai army chief named prime minister

    Thailand's junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military's hold on power.

  • 21/08/2014 10:20

    Shakira hit song 'Loca' a copy: judge

    Colombian pop star Shakira's 2010 hit song "Loca" is an illegal copy of a tune written by a Dominican musician in 1998, a US judge said Wednesday in a copyright trial.

  • 20/08/2014 15:31

    Jackie Chan apologises after son's cannabis bust

    Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan said Wednesday he felt "ashamed" of his son's detention on drug-related charges, adding he had "failed to educate" his child.

  • 20/08/2014 12:36

    Psy's agency gets $60 mn boost from French giant LVMH

    A fund backed by French luxury giant LVMH plans to make a rare $60 million investment in a South Korean entertainment agency that counts "Gangnam Style" star Psy among its clients, the agency said Wednesday.

  • 19/08/2014 22:54

    Director Besson praises charms of 'photogenic' Taipei

    French director Luc Besson, whose new film showcases Taiwan's capital as the home of its heroine, praised Taipei as one of the world’s most photogenic cities when he visited Tuesday for its local premiere.

  • 19/08/2014 22:04

    Madonna clothing, lyrics to hit auction block

    Madonna memorabilia including nude photographs of the Queen of Pop will go on sale in November at an auction that will also include some of her most famous outfits and some of her lyrics.