Keyword: Jean-François Copé

France presidential hopeful in pastry price gaffe

Right-winger Jean-Francois Copé was asked if he knew how much a 'pain au chocolat' cost - and massively underestimated it.

Sarkozy's former allies openly turn on their old boss

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Under fire: Nicolas Sarkozy in Calais, September 21, 2016. © Reuters Under fire: Nicolas Sarkozy in Calais, September 21, 2016. © Reuters

For a long time Nicolas Sarkozy's former allies avoided personal attacks on the former president, even after they had become his political adversaries in the contest to choose the Right's presidential candidate for 2017. Now, however, the gloves are off and some on the Right are openly talking about the string of political and financial scandals in which the ex-president is currently embroiled. For the first time, report Ellen Salvi and Mathilde Mathieu, Sarkozy now looks politically vulnerable to the sheer weight of the scandals and criticism bearing down on him.

Sarkozy questioned over 2012 campaign fine

Investigation centres on claims UMP party should not have paid Sarkozy's fine after former president's 2012 campaign broke election spending limits.

Former French opposition leader Copé faces probe over Sarkozy fine

Jean-François Copé, former head of the UMP, is under formal investigation for misuse of funds after party paid Sarkozy's election fine.

UMP meltdown: the self-destruction of France's main opposition party

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Debts of nearly 80 million euros, a party leader who had to step down over an election funding scandal, warring factions, public attacks, leaked allegations that senior party figures and their relatives have been milking its finances for their own benefit and continuing scandals surrounding its talismanic figure Nicolas Sarkozy... France's main opposition party the UMP seems on the brink of a political abyss. Indeed, one senior figure in it has claimed that the right-wing party is “already dead”. Mathilde Mathieu, Ellen Salvi and Marine Turchi report on a party crisis that shows no sign of abating and could end in its destruction.

French opposition UMP party faces 80 million euro debt mountain

Audit says the UMP must cut running costs and seek new credit agreements with its banks as new party bosses try to 'guarantee its survival'.

Sarkozy allies urge him to return and lead divided French opposition

Supporters of the former president have queued up to say he should stand for leadership of conservative UMP party which is engulfed by crisis.

Head of French conservative opposition forced to resign over funding scam

Jean-Francois Copé quits leadership of the UMP party amid an escalating scandal of fraudulent funding of Nicolas Sarkozy's election campaign.

France's right-wing opposition party accused of shady deals with events firm

Party boss Jean-François Copé, whose friends run the company, dismisses claims as politically motivated on eve of Euro elections.

French opposition chief caught in party 'sting' scandal

Press report says UMP leader Jean-François Copé handed lucrative PR contract to former aides who systematically overcharged his party.

French Socialists deny plan to scrap school headscarf ban

President François Hollande says much-attacked report on new approach to integration is 'not at all' the position of the government.

France should allow headscarves, Arabic in schools - report to PM

Report provokes political row as opposition claim recommendations would pave way for multiculturalism to be the new social model in France.

Children political ‘hostages’ in row over French schools

Ruling socialists accuse conservative opposition of exploiting teething problems in the government’s reform of length of primary school day.

Feuding French conservatives set new leadership vote

The opposition UMP party, which has been locked in an acrimonious leadership struggle, has agreed to hold a new vote before October 2013.

Ideological splits and strategic dilemmas – the real reason why the right-wing UMP is in crisis

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The main French right-wing opposition party the UMP has been in turmoil following a disastrous leadership election last month that saw both candidates claiming victory and which led to a formal split among its Members of Parliament. There are signs that the two sides may be close to finding a way out of the immediate crisis amid talk of a new contest next year. But, as Marine Turchi reports, the party has not even begun to address its fundamental problems of ideology and strategy faced with the Far Right.