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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.

Suspect arrested after climbing White House fence

A man who climbed over the White House fence was nabbed by Secret Service agents and dogs, a spokesman for the agency said.

  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
  • 22/10/2014 23:20

    Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

    Scientists said Wednesday they had unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet.

  • 22/10/2014 16:40

    India's forgotten widows defy taboos to celebrate Diwali

    As the early autumn sun begins to set on the Yamuna river, hundreds of Indian women swathed in white and carrying traditional earthenware lamps file through winding streets to the edge of the holy waters.

  • 22/10/2014 07:27

    Washington Post 'Watergate' editor dead at 93

    Legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon, died Tuesday. He was 93.

  • 21/10/2014 22:11

    Spain nurse 'cured of Ebola'

    A Spanish nurse Teresa Romero who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa has been cured of the deadly virus according to definitive test results, doctors said Tuesday.

  • 21/10/2014 15:39

    Italian police say discovered huge 1.7 bn corporate fraud

    Italy's financial police on Tuesday said they had broken up a ring of companies they believe used false accounting to defraud the state of 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) of tax.

  • 23/10/2014 01:39

    'Flash' cuts no dash with England boss

    Consistency rather than a fondness for the "flash stuff" has been the guiding principle behind England coach Stuart Lancaster's selections at fly-half for next month's internationals at Twickehham.

  • 23/10/2014 00:29

    Podolski the hero as late goals rescue Arsenal

    Late goals by Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski handed Arsenal a dramatic 2-1 win away to Anderlecht in their Champions League clash in Brussels on Wednesday evening.

  • 23/10/2014 00:28

    Ronaldo leads masterclass as Real rout Liverpool

    Cristiano Ronaldo inspired a Real Madrid masterclass and closed in on the Champions League goalscoring record as the holders thrashed Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday.

  • 22/10/2014 23:05

    US envoy indicates Britain may join Syria action

    Britain may join the United States "shoulder to shoulder" in operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a US general and presidential envoy said on Wednesday.

  • 22/10/2014 22:06

    British bank Lloyds to cut tenth of workforce: report

    Lloyds Banking Group is to cut about 9,000 jobs, roughly a tenth of its workforce in the next three years, Sky News reported on Wednesday citing anonymous sources.

  • 23/10/2014 02:39

    US urgent air bag warning affects 7.8 mn cars

    US auto safety officials Wednesday expanded an urgent warning over of autos with potentially deadly defective Takata air bags to 7.8 million vehicles, 3.1 million more than previously stated.

  • 22/10/2014 23:37

    Twitter looks to weave into more mobile apps

    Twitter on Wednesday set out to weave itself into mobile applications with a free "Fabric" platform to help developers build better programs and make more money.

  • 22/10/2014 23:21

    Toys'R'Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' drug dolls

    Toys"R"Us on Wednesday said it was pulling "Breaking Bad" dolls from its shelves after a Florida woman complained about the kids' store selling the drug-themed products.

  • 22/10/2014 22:14

    US urgent air bag warning affects 7.8 mn cars

    US auto safety officials Wednesday expanded an urgent warning over of autos with potentially deadly defective Takata air bags to 7.8 million vehicles, 3.1 million more than previously stated.

  • 22/10/2014 21:56

    Areva names number two Knoche as interim CEO

    French nuclear giant Areva said Wednesday its chief operating officer Philippe Knoche would take over as interim chief executive after CEO Luc Oursel stepped down for health reasons.