Documentation on localisations

Localisations are regions grouping countries according to geographic, linguistic, political or cultural criteria.

Added to this notion of regions is the addition of a users preferred country, this is defined at the moment when you activate your account. The preferred country can be modified at any time in your preferences. 

The order of presentation of locations is as follows:   


  • first, your preferred country, 
  • then the region or regions to which this country belongs, 
  • then the other regions. 

These regions or groupings are of practical use when filtering content because they are few. 

In some cases, however, the region into which a country is grouped may not appear to be unequivocal. 

In order to avoid the multiplication of regions, which would make them lose their value, the choice was made to attach such countries to multiple regions. 

For example :   


  • Caribbean countries are in both the North America and Latin America regions, 
  • Mexico can also found in both the North America and Latin America regions, 
  • Azerbaijan, can be found in Europe as well as in Asia/Pacific 
  • Mauritius, is classified in both Africa and Asia/Pacific 


The countries taken into account come from what we call the “dateline”. The dateline is a mention at the beginning of an article or content description that indicates the place of writing or where an image/video was created. 


  • For photo and video: this is where the images were taken. 
  • For videos that consist of multiple clips taken in different locations, this is the most representative location in the entire video. 
  • For articles, this is the location of the AFP reporter/correspondent, or if there was no AFP staff on site, the nearest AFP office or the AFP office where the article was written. 


Virtual countries like "in space" or "in the air" are not classified in any of these regions. To consult these documents from virtual places, it is not necessary to filter by a region.