Declared Loser Proposes New Election Within French Party
François Fillon — who was declared the loser of a leadership vote in the center-right opposition party — proposed Tuesday that a new election be held next spring in which he most likely would not run.
Bitter contest as French opposition UMP finally elect new leader
After a marathon election which made the 2008 Florida Presidential vote wrangle look like an exercise in electoral efficiency, France’s opposition UMP have elected 48 year old Jean-François Copé as its leader.
French opposition party, after vicious fight, declares leader
Jean-Francois Cope wins a narrow victory over Francois Fillon to lead the center-right Union for a Popular Movement party, after both candidates traded insults and claimed to have won. PARIS — France's center-right political opposition was in disarray Monday after the election of a new party leader descended into an extraordinary mud-slinging match between two candidates who both declared themselves the winner.