Copé Out: Right-Wing Party President Resigns Amid Scandal and Poor Election Results

On June 15, the resignation of Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) party president Jean-François Copé will go into effect. The mayor of Meux and deputy from Seine-et-Marne took charge of the party in 2012 amidst infighting and a contest between him and François Fillon. Since then he has proven unable to unify the party. […]

Sarkoleaks: Recordings of Meetings from Sarkozy’s Presidency Leaked to Press

LONDON – The era of privacy is definitely coming to an end. After the NSA leaks and the ensuing revelations, the French press has been taken aback since Wednesday over the scandal that has already dubbed “Sarkoleaks.” The newspaper Le Canard Enchainé and the website Atlantico revealed that Patrick Buisson, a special counsellor to former […]

Harmony and Unity at UMP National Council

The battle for the pre-presidential primary election, in which Nicolas Sarkozy appears to be ever present, is again on everyone’s mind. However, several weeks before key Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) elections, the parties worked to show their unity at the national council in Paris, on Jan. 25. It was stated that “unity” and […]

FN Loses – Narrow Margin Raises Fears

The Union pour un mouvement populaire has beaten the Front national in the Villeneuve-sur-Lot special election to replace disgraced former Parti socialiste MP, Jérôme Cahuzac. While most on the French political left and center are relieved that the FN has been defeated, many are expressing shock and dismay at how close the socially ultraconservative party […]

What We Missed in May

President of the UMP Ends Functions as Lawyer (April 22) Jean François Copé – president of the UMP – announced he will cease his lawyer activities to be able to fully focus on his political group and his country. Copé left his job with the international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2010, but had until […]

Fillon Announces Candidacy for Next Presidential Election

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon has declared that he will be a candidate in the next presidential election. He stated his intention to run in an informal interview after receiving an honor in Tokyo. Though the presidential race is still four years away, Fillon declared that he would run “no matter what.” While he […]

Franco-German Relationship Reaches New Low

On Friday, April 26, a French Parti Socialiste (PS) document on Europe was released, putting pressure on already strained Franco-German relations. The document accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “selfish intransigence” in her unbending efforts to enforce austerity measures throughout the troubled eurozone. As Europe’s economic troubles continue, particularly in France where growth has come […]

Gay Marriage Debate Still Heated After Bill Passes in Senate

The final vote on the gay marriage and adoption bill is scheduled for a fixed-time debate of 25 hours to be followed by a final vote on April 23, in hopes of more rapidly quelling social disorder. But is it time to move on or should there be more debate? Opposition groups, such as Manif […]

Sarkozy Keeps Return to Politics as Option

Ten months after his decision not to involve himself  in French politics anymore, former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced that his return in politics could in fact be a possibility. This announcement happened at the same time former Prime Minister François Fillon announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential UMP primary. However, Sarkozy presented his decision a […]

UMP to Implement Agreement, Party Left With Tarnished Reputation

PARIS. – Last year, the UMP wore itself out as a dispute over who would become the new head of the party dragged on for three weeks without any resolution. The declared winner, Jean-François Copé, wouldn’t budge, and poll favorite, François Fillon, left the UMP group at the National Assembly. He created RUMP (rassemblement-UMP), taking […]