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Latest update : 2012-11-21

UMP party: a chaotic leadership contest

Jean-François Copé wins the bitter battle to take over from Nicolas Sarkozy as head of the France's conservative UMP party, but only by a whisker. Next, we go to Corsica where 18 people have been killed so far this year, giving the island the highest murder rate in Europe. Finally, Paris' Pompidou Centre opens its biggest Salvador Dalí retrospective in more than 30 years.

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2014-07-11 UMP

Politics: parties under pressure

Both sides of France's political divide are under pressure. President Hollande is under fire from union leaders and the UMP party has just unveiled a 74-million-euro hole in its...

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2014-07-04 culture

Former president Sarkozy hits back at corruption allegations

This week, Nicolas Sarkozy reacts furiously after judges place him under formal investigation for influence peddling. Next, France has long been Europe's number one tourist...

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2014-06-27 French economy

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2014-06-13 UMP

French rail workers strike over proposed reforms

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