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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.

Mexican billionaire to be top shareholder in big Spanish builder

Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim, the world's second-richest man, will invest 650 million ($800 million) euros to become the main shareholder in Spain's big but debt-laden builder FCC, the company said 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
  • 27/11/2014 13:28

    Sheep flock to Eiffel Tower as French farmers cry wolf

    French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been "overprotected" by the government.

  • 27/11/2014 10:27

    E-cigarettes contain 10 times amount of carcinogens: Japan

    E-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said Thursday, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking.

  • 26/11/2014 20:27

    The strange tale of pardoned White House turkeys

    It is an odd tradition, to be sure. Every year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the president of the United States "pardons" a turkey at the White House.

  • 26/11/2014 15:39

    US consumer spending picks up

    US consumer spending rose slightly in October after stalling in September, while personal income growth remained marginal, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

  • 26/11/2014 09:21

    New Australian treatment could save wounded soldiers

    Australian scientists Wednesday said they have developed a "breakthrough treatment" to help soldiers severely wounded in battle, with the US to fund further research.

  • 27/11/2014 21:00

    EU parliament urges Serbia to crack down on war crimes suspect

    The European Parliament on Thursday urged Belgrade, a candidate for EU membership, to crack down on Serb ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj who was released by a UN war crimes court for cancer treatment.

  • 27/11/2014 20:43

    Europeans and Africans promise new approach on migration

    Ministers from 58 European and African states on Thursday pledged to adopt a new coordinated approach to migration that goes beyond the single issue of policing borders.

  • 27/11/2014 20:18

    700 migrants begin disembarking on Crete

    Around 700 migrants aboard a freighter that had been drifting in the Aegean Sea for two days began disembarking on the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, local officials said.

  • 27/11/2014 20:15

    Captive Colombia general's release delayed

    Colombian guerrilla group FARC said Thursday it will release a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track.

  • 27/11/2014 19:49

    Mexico leader plans to dissolve local police forces

    Mexico's president announced plans Thursday to replace the country's corruption-plagued municipal police officers with state-wide forces, amid a crisis over the role of gang-linked police in the presumed massacre of 43 students.

  • 27/11/2014 20:25

    'Stuart Little' helps lost Hungarian painting come home

    A long-lost avant-garde painting has returned home to Hungary after nine decades thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian who spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film "Stuart Little".

  • 27/11/2014 00:25

    An affair and some zombies prop up US fall TV season

    On American TV screens this fall, romantic comedies have mostly flopped, family sitcoms abound, Amazon has joined the fray in earnest, and an extra-marital affair has generated serious buzz.

  • 26/11/2014 22:42

    Broadway musical 'Rent' coming to Cuba

    A Spanish version of the hit musical "Rent" will open in Havana on December 24, marking the first time a Broadway show has come to Cuba in a half century.

  • 26/11/2014 18:31

    Ignoring woes, AC/DC sticks to rock formula

    One band member is retired with dementia and another has faced charges over a murder plot. But for the rest of AC/DC, the time-tested hard rock formula is still going strong.

  • 26/11/2014 09:00

    Prince vanishes from social media

    Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new albums.

  • 27/11/2014 20:07

    Everton through to Europa League knockout stage

    A 1-1 draw between FC Krasnodar and Lille in Russia on Thursday allowed Everton to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League from Group H.

  • 27/11/2014 18:03

    England rugby union coach welcomes Burgess 'bonus'

    England coach Stuart Lancaster said it was a "bonus" that Bath's cross-code star Sam Burgess was set for an earlier than expected rugby union debut in his bid to win a place in next year's World Cup squad.

  • 27/11/2014 17:48

    Australian author's AFL rape book wins UK award

    An investigation into the rape trial of an Australian Rules footballer and its wider ramifications for the country's sporting culture was on Thursday awarded Britain's leading sports book prize.

  • 27/11/2014 17:46

    Raikkonen hopes for Ferrari fight with Vettel

    Kimi Raikkonen promised new Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel a tussle on the track next year when they will target a long-awaited Formula One world title for the struggling 'Scuderia'.

  • 27/11/2014 17:19

    Pele in 'special care' as condition worsens - hospital

    Brazil great Pele, 74, was on Thursday taken into a special care unit in a Sao Paulo hospital after his health worsened, three days after being admitted with a urinary infection, the hospital confirmed.