leadership contest

New leader for French Socialist Party emerges after rival quits race

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Olivier Faure, 49, is to become the new leader of France's Socialist Party, which suffered a crushing defeat in last year's legislative elections, after comfortably winning the first of two rounds of voting and with the announcement on Friday that his only serious rival, former agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll, will not stand for the final round on March 29th.

UMP party heads for spilt after Copé-Fillon mediation fails

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French conservative opposition party, the UMP, was close to disintegration Sunday after mediation between two leadership rivals broke down.