Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

First hurdle cleared in measure to amend the French constitution

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

'Sombre but sober' atmosphere at mining conference as profits sink

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

US accuses Kigali of 'destabilizing activities' in Burundi

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bernie Sanders fires up the grass roots

Read more

THE DEBATE

Rage against the machine: Trump and Sanders win big in New Hampshire primary (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Rage against the machine: Trump and Sanders win big in New Hampshire primary (part 1)

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU: Is agriculture getting greener? (part 1)

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU: Is agriculture getting greener? (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

A look at France's efforts to boost patriotism and social cohesion

Read more

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2012-11-20

UMP leadership battle: 'Copé en deux'

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.

It argues the fiasco undermines the party’s constant battle cry that the Socialists are not able to govern.
 
The far-left daily L'Humanité headlines: "L'UMP Copé en deux". A pun on the name Copé and the word 'coupé' (i.e. 'cut'). The message is that the party is split down the middle.  
 
The main right-wing paper Le Figaro says that Jean-Francois Copé won by a whisker, just 98 votes out of 300,000 party faithful who were eligible to vote.
 
That paper’s editorial argues the international community can only wonder at what is going on in France when the two main parties, the Socialists four years ago and the UMP now, cannot organise their leadership battles without getting mired in accusations of fraud and insults.
 
The Catholic daily La Croix says the UMP has entered a crisis period after what was a battle of wills.

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. 

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-02-11 François Hollande

First hurdle cleared in measure to amend the French constitution

FRENCH PAPERS-Thurs. 11.02.16: The focus is on French politics, with President François Hollande set to announce a government reshuffle of ministerial posts. Le Figaro reports a...

Read more

2016-02-10 Syria

The stolen youth of refugee minors

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 10.02.16: Le Monde features a heartbreaking report on the fate of young refugees often left to fend for themselves and prey to human traffickers....

Read more

2016-02-10 French Parliament

Where were the MPs for the vote?

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 10.02.16: The French Parliament is in the spotlight today. MPs have been voting on a controversial bill to amend the constitution in the wake of last year’s...

Read more

2016-02-09 Syria

'There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 09.02.16: Syria is in the spotlight today. UN investigators accuse Bashar al-Assad’s regime of "crimes against humanity", while Russian air strikes...

Read more

2016-02-09 agribusiness

Is there a future for French farming?

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 09.02.16: The fate of French farmers is in the spotlight today. Livestock and dairy farmers have been striking for weeks now to protest low prices....

Read more