AFP wire story: "The Parliament on Wednesday cast a final vote that explicitly writes AFP's public interest missions into its statutes in order to defuse a conflict with the European Union." News, reactions
As part of an omnibus bill in parliament, the French government is planning to change the phrasing of the article in AFP's statutes that lays down its relationship to the state. The agency's unions give their point of view
According to the weekly "Canard Enchaîné", CEO Emmanuel Hoog has asked a PR agency with close links to the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy to help him promote plans to change AFP's statutes. Staff are not amused.
November 5, 2009: Gérard Larcher, president of the upper house of parliament, stated that due to a backlog of legislative business, the plan to change AFP's statutes was not likely to be discussed early next year.
October 12, 2009: The AFP union branches which initiated the petition write to the French government and media to ask that the Louette Plan be dropped, and that a round-table conference then be convened to discuss "ways of financing AFP that remain within the framework of the statutes that guarantee our independence"
Starting in late 2007, French political leaders begin issuing threats to rescind AFP's historic statutes and to privatise the agency. Staff mobilisation leads to the launch of the "SOS-AFP" petition in late 2008.