Keyword: UMP

Fiery centrist to take on Socialist for Paris mayor

The opposition UMP have chosen tough-talking moderate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet as their candidate in the Paris mayoral election in 2014.

Fake votes mar France’s first electronic election

An “online primary” claimed as “fraud-proof” has been found vulnerable to multiple and fake voting, exposing UMP party to more ridicule.

France’s UMP in turmoil over Fillon’s presidential ambitions

Sarkozy's former prime minister tells journalists 'I'll be a candidate no matter what' in opposition contest to be chosen for 2017 presidential election.

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


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.

France's UMP wins by-elections despite divisions

The right-wing opposition party won all three by-elections at the weekend in the latest sign of trouble for Socialist President Francois Hollande.

French opposition takes step towards healing rift

After a month of bitter recriminations the two rivals for presidency of right-wing UMP appear to agree on a fresh leadership vote in September.

Ally of new UMP boss calls for fresh leadership vote

Country's main conservative party edges closer to resolving crisis as former minister backs calls for new poll to pick a leader.

Socialists ponder their strategy faced with self-destruction of UMP

The right-wing opposition party, the UMP, has been very publicly falling apart after a disastrous leadership election. In the ranks of the ruling Socialist Party MPs and officials have had some fun at the expense of their bitter rivals, and the government has been able to press forward with legislation almost unopposed. But some socialist MPs fear the squabbles in the UMP will reflect badly on all political parties. Others are increasingly concerned that the government is adopting the wrong strategy in the face of the opposition’s melt-down, and favouring social democratic policies over genuine socialist measures. Stéphane Alliès and Mathieu Magnaudeix assess the mood in Parliament.

Bickering French opposition missing from parliament

With the UMP paralysed by a bitter leadership dispute, the ruling Socialists have pushed ahead with contentious legislation almost unchallenged.

France’s conservative party splits into two

Defeated UMP leadership candidate Francois Fillon says he and followers are splitting from the party to form their own parliamentary group.

France UMP crisis: Jean- François Copé confirmed as head

Internal party commission confirms that Copé won presidency of centre-right UMP but election rival François Fillon says verdict is 'illegal'.

UMP party heads for spilt after Copé-Fillon mediation fails

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

UMP future hangs on Sunday talks

The fate of France's copposition UMP party hangs on the outcome of a meeting Sunday between a mediator and the two rivals for its leadership.

Fillon demands recount of UMP leadership ballot

Former French PM François Fillon demands a recount of elections he narrowly lost for leadership of conservative UMP party, which was at an 'impasse'.