UMP Comes to Agreement Over Leadership

Jean-François Copé will remain President of the UMP at least until next September's election.Photo: Guillaume Paumier

Jean-François Copé will remain President of the UMP at least until next September’s election.
Photo: Guillaume Paumier

Following November’s election to determine the head of France’s right-of-center political party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), candidates Jean-François Copé and François Fillon have finally come to an agreement to resolve the disputed outcome.

Copé, currently the mayor of Meaux, France and legislative deputy for the 6th constituency of Seine-et-Marne, won last month’s leadership election in a close and contested race.  Described as “tough-talking” by news agency France 24, Copé, 48, bested former Prime Minister Fillon, 58.  Copé claimed victory in the race for the UMP’s top position, equivalent to an American political party chairperson, by a margin of a mere 98 votes—of over 175,000 cast.

Following the narrow defeat, opponent François Fillon contested the result and rallied supporters under his own parliamentary group, dubbed the “Rally for the UMP” (R-UMP).  The renegade faction was comprised of 68 of the 194 UMP deputies.

In a bid to re-unite the party, Copé and Fillon’s agreement to hold another election next fall comes in the wake of speculation that former party head and French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, may attempt a political comeback in time for the general election of 2017.

Copé will remain president of the UMP until at least the election next September.  Fillon has agreed to dissolve the R-UMP.


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