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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.

Gunmen kidnap 18 Turks in Iraq capital

Gunmen kidnapped at least 18 Turkish employees of a company building a football stadium in Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear who was holding them.

  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.
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 AFP Forum
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 02/09/2015 12:05

    Hundreds of Eurostar passengers stranded as migrants throng tracks

    Hundreds of passengers were left stranded in northern France overnight Tuesday to Wednesday after their Eurostar to London was stopped in its tracks by migrants who are thought to have climbed onto the roof of the train.

  • 02/09/2015 06:29

    England, Austria look to clinch Euro berths

    The first qualifiers for the Euro 2016 finals in France could be decided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the first of a double-header of matchdays. AFP Sports looks at what is at stake:

  • 02/09/2015 06:01

    Federer, Murray win as US Open quit list hits record 10

    Five-time champion Roger Federer and 2012 winner Andy Murray reached the US Open second round as the crushing heat took the number of first-round retirements to a record 10.

  • 02/09/2015 04:13

    Manchester United headline deadline day with Martial move

    Manchester United completed a staggering transfer deadline-day deal for French teenager Anthony Martial, but David de Gea remained at Old Trafford after his move to Real Madrid collapsed.

  • 27/08/2015 13:12

    London Underground delays all-night service

    London Underground (LU) on Thursday said it would delay the September 12 start of its all-night weekend service as negotiations continue with train drivers' trade unions on conditions and pay.

  • 02/09/2015 11:42

    Millions strike in India over 'anti-labour' reforms

    Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at Narendra Modi's economic policies, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since the right-wing prime minister took office.

  • 02/09/2015 11:37

    Tsipras and Varoufakis: a messy split for Greece's double act

    Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis shared a vision once, but the double act of the Greek debt drama's most colourful characters now appears well and truly over.

  • 02/09/2015 11:18

    Spanish jobless claims rise for first time in 7 months

    Spain registered in August its first a increase in jobless claims in seven months, data showed Wednesday, but with elections just months away the government dismissed it as a seasonal uptick that does not wipe away improvements over the past year.

  • 02/09/2015 10:57

    Netflix starts Japan service in global push

    Netflix on Wednesday launched its service in Japan, the latest move in the US-based online streaming giant's global push as market competition heats up.

  • 02/09/2015 10:48

    Fresh volatility hits Asian markets

    Asian stocks were hit by a fresh round of volatility Wednesday, as further evidence of slowing growth in China's economy cast a cloud over global markets.