The French papers lead on just one story: the narrow win for Jean-François Copé in a harrowing UMP leadership battle. He got just 98 votes more than rival François Fillon to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as UMP chairman. The press concludes the fiasco on the right plays into the hands of the ruling Socialists and the far-right National Front. That's the focus for this look at the French press on Tuesday 20th November, 2012.
The left-wing daily Libération leads with a photo of a smiling Jean-François Copé, now chairman of the opposition UMP after a messy and nasty leadership battle.
And one of the main dailies, Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui-en-France, is saying the battle will leave scars. It points to a court appearance later this week for Copé's predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.