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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.

Syria army launches assault in besieged Homs

Syrian troops and pro-regime militiamen fought their way into rebel-held neighbourhoods of the central city of Homs after besieging them for nearly two years.

  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
  • 16/04/2014 05:54

    DJ Travis charged with another sex assault

    Radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, who faces a retrial over one charge of indecent assault and one of sexual assault, was charged with another count of indecent assault.

  • 16/04/2014 03:39

    William and Kate depart New Zealand for Australia

    Prince William and his wife Kate departed New Zealand with their baby son Prince George on Wednesday, an AFP reporter saw, heading for Sydney to begin the Australian leg of their tour Down Under.

  • 16/04/2014 03:17

    Clifford faces sex assault verdict

    Max Clifford, the country's top public relations guru, could on Wednesday find out if he is guilty of sex assault charges as jurors enter the second day of deliberations.

  • 16/04/2014 03:17

    Refreshed Giroud can lead Euro bid says Wenger

    Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud's decisive contribution to Arsenal's vital 3-1 win over West Ham is a sign the France striker is back to his best in time to fire his side into the Champions League.

  • 15/04/2014 22:53

    Podolski double keeps Arsenal Euro bid alive

    Arsenal came from behind to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League as Lukas Podolski's double inspired a vital 3-1 win over West Ham on Tuesday.

  • 16/04/2014 05:57

    Syria army launches assault in besieged Homs

    Syrian troops and pro-regime militiamen fought their way into rebel-held neighbourhoods of the central city of Homs after besieging them for nearly two years.

  • 16/04/2014 05:33

    Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war as Kiev sends army in

    Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

  • 16/04/2014 04:43

    Venezuela in new crisis talks

    Venezuela's government and opposition sat down for a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation.

  • 16/04/2014 03:48

    South Korea blocks Ashley Madison adultery website

    South Korea has blocked the newly launched Korean version of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison, saying Wednesday that it threatened family values in a country where marital infidelity is a crime.

  • 16/04/2014 03:27

    Gunmen attack Belgian head of African gorilla reserve

    Unidentified armed men on Tuesday critically wounded the Belgian head of Africa's oldest wildlife reserve, the Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said.

  • 16/04/2014 04:55

    US housing effort in Haiti falls short

    A US project to provide badly-needed housing for hundreds of thousands of Haitians left homeless by a 2010 earthquake has failed to live up to its promise and went over budget, a government audit said Tuesday.

  • 16/04/2014 04:35

    China's economy grows 7.4% in first quarter

    China's economy expanded 7.4 percent year-on-year in the first three months of the year, the government said on Wednesday, marking a further slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

  • 16/04/2014 03:42

    BHP boosts iron ore output and lifts production guidance

    Global mining giant BHP Billiton lifted full-year iron ore guidance on Wednesday and posted better than expected March quarter output of 49.6 million tonnes.

  • 16/04/2014 00:54

    GM chief creates new team to boost vehicle safety

    General Motors chief executive Mary Barra announced Tuesday the creation of a new team to enhance safety in the wake of an ignition-recall scandal that has engulfed the company.

  • 16/04/2014 00:18

    Intel steadies as PC declines ease

    US computer chip giant Intel reported a modest dip in earnings in the first quarter on Tuesday, amid a stabilization of the key personal computer segment.