Jean-François Copé, a key ally of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, was finally declared the new leader of France's opposition UMP party on Monday after a vote marred by allegations of fraud. Copé now has the tough job of uniting a divided party.
Jean-François Copé has been declared the new leader of the opposition Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), winning the battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of France's right-wing opposition.
The party’s internal electoral body revealed the result after a contested weekend vote that was plagued by allegations of fraud on both sides.
Date created : 2012-11-19