Socialists ponder their strategy faced with self-destruction of UMP

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The fratricidal row that is tearing apart the right-wing opposition party the UMP after a disastrous leadership campaign (see here, here and here) has prompted humour among the ranks of the ruling Socialist Party (PS). Some recall the fallout in their own party when in 2008 Martine Aubry and Ségolène Royal fought a bitter battle for the control of the PS at a party conference at Reims, with Aubry eventually triumphing. “Martine and Ségolène let their lieutenants slug it out but they never went this far,” insists Socialist MP Jean-Marc Germain, an ally of Aubry.